PART FOURTEEN

 

The John Kyte Collett Line - 1810 to 1930

(including a branch line from Swindon to Australia)

 

This is the second of two sections of the fourteenth part of the Collett family

 

Updated December 2016

 

 

The June 2011 version of this family included a new branch of the Collett family that was previously depicted in Part 9 – The Aldsworth Line.  However, the error for placing the family there was highlighted during the compilation of two new lines for the Collett families of Alcester and Abbots Morton in Warwickshire.  Therefore we must apologise to the family of Wayne Arthur Collett of Brisbane (Ref. 14Q10) which has now been correctly placed here in this family line, and is denoted by the names that are underlined.

 

The original error came from the fact that there were two George Colletts born around 1811, with the family details shown in Part 9 for the George who was actually the George in Part 14.  The good news for Wayne and his family is that his ancestors can now be traced back to 1485 to Thomas Collett in Part 1 via Part 14, instead of to only 1760, as in Part 9.

 

The November 2007 update comes courtesy of Rita Garnett

whose great great grandmother was Ann Mary Collett (Ref. 14N33)

 

 

 

14M7

Thomas Shelburn Collett was born on 24th January 1811 at Upper Slaughter and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton, the son of Robert Collett and Mary Ann Kyte.  His second forename was the maiden name of his paternal grandmother, while his birth was recorded in the register at Bourton on 12th November 1811 by Protestant Dissenting Minister Thomas Coles, taken from the personal record of the event provided by his parents.  He was around two years old when his father took the family to live in Bourton and in the early 1830s the family left Gloucestershire and moved to Somerset.  That family move may have been caused by Thomas being charged on 22nd December 1831 with trespassing with a gun and a dog at Sherborne while in pursuit of game.  That Thomas Collett was named as the son of Robert Collett, a miller of Bourton.  However, it has yet to be proved that Thomas the poacher was Thomas Shelburn Collett.

 

 

 

It was after arriving in Shepton Mallet that Thomas married Ann Chamberlain.  It would appear that the marriage did not produce any children for Thomas and Ann who were living in Shepton Mallet during 1841 when Thomas Collett was 30 and his wife Ann was 25.  According to the next Shepton Mallet census in 1851, Thomas Collett, age 40, was the Deputy Registrar to his father Robert Collett (Ref. 14L7), was born at Upper Slaughter in 1811, was married, and was living at Darshill in Shepton Mallet, but with no wife or any children listed with him.

 

 

 

His wife Ann Collett was very likely the 36 years old Ann Collett who was listed as a servant at the High Street house of Thomas Cook, a gun maker.  The couple were still apart in Shepton Mallet at the time of the following census in 1861, when Tom S Collett was 50, and his wife Ann was 45.  However, it was at Shepton Mallet that Thomas Shelburn Collett died, sometime during the following months of 1861.  At the time Thomas and Ann were the only members of the Collett family still living there.

 

 

 

 

14M8

Elizabeth Kyte Collett was born on 31st August 1812 at Upper Slaughter and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton.  It was at Bourton where she married her cousin John Dalby and where their son Robert was born.  Elizabeth died in 1885, her husband having died before 1881.  Her second name derived from the maiden name of her mother Mary Ann Kyte (Ref. 14L7).  In 1881 Elizabeth Dalby, age 68 and born at Upper Slaughter, was living at Cheapside in Hemel Hempstead with the family of her daughter (Frances) Fanny Jane Jones and her husband Edward Jones.

 

 

 

14N13

Robert Dalby

Born in 1838

 

14N14

Frances Jane Dalby

Born in 1842

 

 

 

 

14M9

Emma Humphries Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 23rd November 1814.  She died in 1846 by which time her parents Robert and Mary Ann Collett had moved to Shepton Mallet.  Her second name derived from earlier connects with the Humphries family and the fact that her mother Mary Ann Kyte was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1802 Will of Robert Humphries the uncle of Mary Humphries who married Thomas Collett (Ref. 14K9).

 

 

 

 

14M10

John Ryland Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 17th August 1816 and he died in 1834 after his parents Robert and Mary Ann Collett had moved to Shepton Mallet.  His second name derived from earlier connections with the Ryland family.  See Ref. 14I16.

 

 

 

 

14M11

Susan Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 2nd March 1818.  She was married three times, to (1) Mr W Gait, to (2) Mr J Garrett, and to (3) Mr James B Mattick of Radstock in Somerset around 1860.  It was the last of them with whom she had two sons Walter B Mattick, who was born in 1862, and Herbert E Mattick who was born in 1864.  It is not known if Susan had any children from her earlier marriages.  In 1881 James and eldest son Water were listed as being grocers and drapers, while Herbert was a saddler.  Susan was listed as being 62 and born in Gloucester.  Living with them at Market Place in Radstock was James’ 88 years old mother Therlet Mattick of Wincanton in Somerset.

 

 

 

 

14M12

Emily Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 21st June 1821.  She married (1) Henry Chamberlain and (2) George Robbins.  It is very likely that Henry Chamberlain was the brother of Ann Chamberlain who married Emily’s brother Thomas Shelburn Collett (above).  Emily produced three children from her first marriage, they being Henry John Chamberlain, Emily Ann Chamberlain, and Lucy Marianne Chamberlain who died unmarried the year before her mother.  According to the 1881 Census Emily Robbins nee Collett aged 59 and born at Bourton-on-the-Water was living at Port Mansion in Longfleet near Poole.  She was married to George Robbins aged 65 an Inland Revenue Officer born at Poole in Dorset.  Emily Robbins died in 1906.

 

 

 

 

14M13

Lucy Ann Collett was born at The Mill in Bourton-on-the-Water on 27th February 1823.  She was a milliner and dressmaker and lived for some years with her widowed father up to 1853 when she sailed to Australia on the ship Euphemus.  On arrival at Melbourne she was engaged as a dressmaker, working for a Mr Turner at Geelong.

 

At the start of the following year whilst at Castlemaine she met and married John Henry Foster a carpenter and builder.  John was born in London in 1827 and the couple were married on 25th March 1854.

 

Lucy Ann Foster died on 24th December 1902 at Queensland, her husband John having died two years early on 5th July 1900.

 

 

 

Lucy Ann is the starting point for the family line of Brian Foster of Maryborough in Queensland, the details of which are provided in Part Sixteen – The Lucy Ann Foster Line.

 

 

 

 

14M14

Ellen Hook Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 4th October 1825 and died that same year.

 

 

 

 

14M15

Mary Anne Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 28th July 1828 and died in 1897.  No record has been found to say she married, but it is possible, although not yet proved, that she married Richard Collett (Ref. 3N1) of Chedworth.  According to the 1881 Census, Richard Collett and Mary Ann were living at Middle Row, Woodman Inn in Bourton-on-the Water with three of their children.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line see

Part Three – The Chedworth Line commencing with Richard Collett (Ref. 3N1)

 

 

 

 

14M16

George Bryan Collett may have been born at Upper Slaughter in 1811 but was baptised at the Baptist Church in Bourton-on-the-Water on 23rd January 1812, the eldest child and only known son of Joseph Collett and his wife Mary Bryan.  In his later life he gave his place of birth as Upper Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water.  Upon leaving school he also left the family home when he moved to Stanway in Gloucestershire, about ten miles from Bourton. 

 

 

 

He remained unmarried for much of his early life, and it was not until 15th October 1846 that George Collett married Elizabeth Emms from Hazelton, which lies five miles south-west of Bourton.  The marriage at Stanway recorded his age as being 35 years, 9 months and 14 days, compared to his bride, who was just 20 years, 3 months and 14 days old.  From this information it has been calculated that Elizabeth was born on 1st July 1826, and within the IGI there is the baptism of an Elizabeth Emms on 20th August 1826 at Ebrington, who was the daughter of William and Ann Emms.  However, it is more than likely that Elizabeth’s father was Oliver Webb Emms who was married at Didbrook (near Stanway), for a second time during 1846.  This assumption is based on the fact that one of Elizabeth’s children was named Oliver Emms Collett.

 

 

 

Once married the couple initially settled in the village of Condicote, not far from Stow-on-the-Wold, where their first child was born during the following year.  Not long after the birth, the family moved to nearby Lower Swell, where the next three children were born, and where the family was living at the time of the census in 1851.  George Collett, age 39 and from Slaughter, was a farm bailiff, his wife Elizabeth was 24 and from Hazelton (Hastleton), and their two sons were Joseph Collett who was three years old and from Condicote, and Oliver Collett who was two, who had been born at Swell.  It was Oliver’s baptism record at Lower Swell that included his full name as Oliver Emms Collett.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1861, the family had left Lower Swell and were living at Longborough, just two miles from Lower Swell and Condicote.  During the past decade two further sons had been born to George and Elizabeth at Lower Swell, but by 1861 their oldest son was no longer listed with the family.  According to the Longborough census that year, George Collett was still a farm bailiff, although his age was recorded in error as 40 and not 49, and he said he was born at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Elizabeth Collett from Hasleton (sic) was 34, and their three sons were Oliver Collett, age 12, George Collett who was six, and James Collett who was two years old.  Their eldest son Joseph would have only been 13, so it is possible that he had died prior to that date. 

 

 

 

Within the next twelve months the family moved again, when they left Longborough for the village of Eyford, within the parish of Upper Slaughter, where their daughter and last son were both born.  It was obviously George’s occupation as a farm bailiff that resulted in so many moves for the family, and by 1871 they had moved once more, on that occasion to Cirencester.  At the time of the 1871 Census for Cirencester the couple’s two eldest sons had left home to make their own way in the world, so the remainder of the family was recorded as George Collett, age 59, his wife Elizabeth, who was 44, and their four children George Collett, age 16, James Collett, age 12, Mary Collett who was eight, and Frederick Collett who was five years old.

 

 

 

Ten years after that George Collett, age 69 from Upper Slaughter, was still working as a farm bailiff, but by that time in his life he and Elizabeth, age 54, were living at Cerney Fields in South Cerney, just two miles from Cirencester.  Still living with them was their daughter Mary Collett, who was 18, and their son Frederick Collett, age 15, who was already a plough boy working on a local farm.  Both of the children were confirmed as having been born at Eyford.  Over the following decade both Mary and Frederick departed, presumably to be married, leaving just George, age 79, and Elizabeth, age 64, still living within the Cirencester & South Cerney registration district at the time of the census in 1891.  It was also there two years later that Elizabeth Collett died in May 1893, followed by George Collett who died there during November 1897.

 

 

 

14N15

Joseph Collett

Born in 1847 at Condicote

 

14N16

Oliver Emms Collett

Born in 1849 at Lower Swell

 

14N17

George Collett

Born in 1854 at Lower Swell

 

14N18

James Collett

Born in 1859 at Lower Swell

 

14N19

Mary Collett

Born in 1862 at Eyford

 

14N20

Frederick Collett

Born in 1865 at Eyford

 

 

 

 

14M20

Mary Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in January 1798.  Following the death of her father in 1818 Mary inherited a substantial sum of money upon reaching the age of 21.  Tragically she died just four years later in 1823 aged 25.

 

 

 

 

14M21

Ann Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 11th December 1798.  Following the death of her father in 1818 Ann inherited a substantial sum of money upon reaching the age of 21.  After the tragic death of her younger married sister Elizabeth Marshall (below), Anne married her widowed brother-in-law Stephen Marshall at Bourton during August 1822 and took over the rearing of her nephew Thomas Collett Marshall, who was born around the end of 1819.  A few years after they were married Stephen found himself in financial difficulties and was sentenced to a term in Gloucester debtors’ prison sometime between 1828 and 1830.  After his release from gaol the couple, together with Stephen’s son Thomas, moved to London.

 

 

 

 

14M22

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1800.  Following the death of her father in 1818 Elizabeth inherited a substantial sum of money upon reaching the age of 21.  On 21st April 1819 she married Stephen Marshall at Bourton with whom she had a son before her premature death.  That may have happened during the birth of her son or shortly thereafter.  What is known is that Stephen Marshall married Elizabeth’s sister Anne Collett (above) at Bourton in August 1822.

 

 

 

14N21

Thomas Collett Marshall

Born in 1820

 

 

 

 

14M23

Martha Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1802 and she died on 7th December 1810.  She was buried in the family grave at St Lawrence’s Church Cemetery in Bourton, where she was later joined by both her parents.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14M24

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1805.  His father died when Thomas was only thirteen years old and under the terms of his Will, and as his oldest son, Thomas inherited all of the lands and property within his father’s estate upon reaching 21 years of age.  Five years later in 1831 Thomas married Mary Ransford who was born in 1803.  By the time of the first national census in June 1841 Thomas and Mary were both aged 35 and were living at Bourton with six of their first seven children, all of whom had been born there.  Seventeen years earlier Henry Collett (Ref. 29M1) married Elizabeth Ransford at nearby Turkdean.  See Part 29 – The Turkdean to Australia Line.

 

 

 

The family of Thomas and Mary in 1841 was made up of Thos Collett, who was nine, John Collett, who was five, Ann Collett, who was four, Arthur Collett, who was three, Emily Collett, who was two, and Henrietta Collett who was under one year old.  The missing child was the couple’s first born daughter Mary who had died in 1834.

 

 

 

Ten years later Thomas and Mary were still living at Bourton.  The 1851 Census recorded that 46 years old Thomas was a cattle salesman and his wife Mary was 47, both having been born at Bourton.  With them were five of their children, again all born at Bourton, and they were Arthur Collett, age 13, Emily Collett, age 11, Henrietta Collett, who was nine, Susan Collett who was 8, and Alphea Collett who was four.  Completing the household was 19 years old servant Sarah Beckley of Notgrove.

 

 

 

By 1861 the family living at Bourton had reduced to just mother Mary, aged 56 and a farmer’s wife, and her daughters Emily Collett, age 21 and Mary Collett, age 19, who was Henrietta in the previous census returns.  Her husband Thomas was not in Bourton on the day of the census and eight years later on 4th October 1869 he died and was buried at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton.  The headstone that marks his grave reads “In Loving Memory of Thomas Collett who died October 4th 1869 aged 64 years”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

As a consequence, in the 1871 Census, Mary was described as a widow of 67 and an annuitant, and living with her was her daughter Mary who was 29.  Following the death of her husband and sometime after April 1871, the widow Mrs Mary Collett married long-term family friend John Beale.  John was a widower, his wife having died prior to the census of 1871.  It was John’s father who had been a trustee of the Will of Thomas Collett in 1818, the main beneficiary of which was Mary’s first husband Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

However, that second marriage for Mary was fairly short lived, as John Beale had died within a few years, as confirmed by the 1881 Census in which Mary Beale formerly Collett was once again a widow.  The census recorded that retired Mary aged 77 was living at the Butcher’s Shop in the High Street at Bourton.  Living with her was her 38-year old unmarried daughter Susan B Collett, also listed as retired.  What is of further interest in the 1881 Census was that Mary’s younger brother Alfred Ransford aged 66 and his family were living next door to the Butcher’s Shop in the High Street at Bourton where Mary lived. 

 

 

 

Mary Collett nee Ransford died at Bourton seven years later on 13th July 1888 and was buried with her first husband Thomas Collett.  The gravestone that had borne his inscription (see above) then had one added for Mary.  This reads “Also of Mary Beale relict of the above who died July 13th 1888 aged 84”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)  In early April 1871 Mary’s second husband to be John Beale was also recorded as living at Bourton-on-the-Water, where he was described as being aged 66 and a widower, which confirms that he was a similar age to Mary.

 

 

 

14N22

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 20.03.1832

 

14N23

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born on 28.03.1833

 

14N24

John Collett

Born on 17.10.1835

 

14N25

Ann Elizabeth Collett

Born on 01.01.1837

 

14N26

Arthur Collett

Born in 1838

 

14N27

Emily Collett

Born in 1839

 

14N28

Mary Henrietta Collett

Born on 14.04.1841

 

14N29

Susan Beale Collett

Born on 04.12.1842

 

14N30

Esther Ransford Collett

Born in 1844

 

14N31

Alphea James Collett

Born in 1846

 

 

 

 

14M25

John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1807.  Following the death of his father in 1818 John inherited a substantial sum of money upon reaching the age of 21.  He lived at Berryfields in Bourton and he married (1) Mary Strong, the daughter of Robert Strong and Mary Hookham.  The wedding took place at Batheaston in Somerset on 22nd February 1837 and Mary’s father was a witness at the ceremony, with whom he had four children.  Mary was also born at Bourton, six years after John, in 1813.  The marriage produced four children for the couple but tragically, four months after the birth of their fourth children, Mary died at Bourton where she was buried on 14th May 1846 aged just 32. 

 

 

 

Following the death of his wife, John married (2) Mary and that marriage produced another son for him.  However, John Collett passed away in 1848 at the age of 41 and perhaps even before his namesake was born, the child being named after his late father.  John Collett left no Will, but legal letters regarding his estate and that of his father Thomas Collett (Ref. 14L11) were deposited at the Gloucester Records Office.

 

 

 

One such letter written, by his second wife, stated that she did not wish to be burdened with her late husband’s four children from his previous marriage.  That resulted in the children being placed in the care of the family and a little while later two of them were admitted into an orphanage in Bristol.  Sadly the bulk of John’s estate was inherited by his second wife and their son John, with a maximum of thirty-five pounds being left to each of his four earlier children.  During his life John Collett senior is believed to have work as a publican and a farm bailiff.

 

 

 

14N32

Emma Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 03.06.1838

 

14N33

Ann Mary Collett

Born on 18.09.1841

 

14N34

Robert Collett

Baptised on 22.06.1843

 

14N35

Thomas Collett

Born on 08.01.1846

 

14N36

John Collett

Born around 1848

 

 

 

 

14M26

Henrietta Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1811.  Following the death of her father in 1818 Henrietta inherited a substantial sum of money upon reaching the age of 21.  Henrietta married Charles J Fox who was a butcher.  The couple lived in London where Henrietta died between 1851 and 1861.

 

 

 

 

14M27

Robert Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1813.  Following the death of his father in 1818 Robert would have inherited a substantial sum of money upon reaching the age of 21.  However, at the age of just 19 he died at Bourton on 9th May 1832.  A headstone in the cemetery of St Lawrence’s Church at Bourton marks the grave where he was buried with his sister Emma.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14M28

Emma Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1816.  Following the death of her father in 1818 Emma stood to inherit a substantial sum of money upon reaching the age of 21.  Tragically however, just like her brother Robert (above), Emma also failed to receive her inheritance when she died at Bourton on 24th February 1834.  With her death closely following that of her brother she was buried in the same grave as him, the headstone carrying both of their names.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14N1

John Collett was born at Church Lench in Worcestershire during 1831, the son of John Collett from Badsey and his wife Jane from Atch Lench.  In 1841, at the age of nine years, John was the only child living with his parents in the Evesham area which included Church Lench and Atch Lench.  By the time of the next census in 1851, he had already left the home of his parents in Atch Lench, but was still living in nearby area, when it was confirmed that he was 19 and from Church Lench.  John was an agricultural labourer and during the next few years he married Hannah, with whom he is known to have had at least six children. 

 

 

 

For the census in 1861 John Collett from Church Lench was still living there with his wife Hannah and their first two children.  John was 28, Hannah was 24, Ann Collett was three and Emma Collett was one year old.  During the next decade the family left Church Lench and by 1871 they were living at Atch Lench where five of their six children had been born.  According to the census return completed in 1871 it was only the couple’s first child who had been born at Church Lench, where Hannah had also been born.  The census that year described the family living in a cottage in Atch Lench, within the parish of Church Lench, as John Collett, age 38 and from Atch Lench, Hannah who was 35, Ann 14, Emma 11, Jane 9 – presumably named after John’s mother, Caroline who was six, Ellen who was three and John William Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

No further children were added to the family after that time, although it is possible that Hannah, who died during the next few years, did so during childbirth, the child not surviving the ordeal also.  By 1881 widower John Collett, age 48 and from Church Lench, was still living in Atch Lench with just his two youngest children.  They were Ellen who was 14, and John W Collett who was 10 and already employed as an agricultural labourer like his father.  Ellen was very likely acting as housekeeper.

 

 

 

Also living very nearby in Atch Lench was John’s daughter Jane Collett who was 19 and employed as a general domestic servant at the home of miller George Bomford and his wife and large family.  In 1851 John’s parents were living in the next property to the Bomford family in Atch Lench, so it seems likely that that was a long association between to two families.

 

 

 

On the basis that all of his daughters left home to be married, by 1891 John Collett, age 57, was still living at Atch Lench, but with just his son for company.  By then, the census recorded John W Collett as being 21.  Not long after that John William Collett became a married man and it may have been just after that when John went to live with his married daughter Emma at Salford Priors in Warwickshire.  John Collett from Church Lench was 67 and a general labourer and the father-in-law of Joseph Sollis, the husband of Emma.  It was therefore most likely that it was while he was living there with his daughter that John Collett died during the first decade of the new century. 

 

 

 

14O1

Ann Collett

Born in 1856 at Church Lench

 

14O2

Emma Collett

Born in 1859 at Atch Lench

 

14O3

Jane Collett

Born in 1861 at Atch Lench

 

14O4

Caroline Collett

Born in 1864 at Atch Lench

 

14O5

Ellen Collett

Born in 1867 at Atch Lench

 

14O6

John William Collett

Born in 1869 at Atch Lench

 

 

 

 

14N3

Elizabeth Collett was born at Upper Slaughter where she was baptised on 26th February 1837.  In 1851 she was 14 and ten years later she was listed as being aged 24 and a needlewoman born at Upper Slaughter.  At that time she was living with the family of agricultural labourer George Wilcox aged 51 and of Upper Slaughter.  With her was her daughter Ann E Collett aged five months.

 

 

 

14O7

Ann Elizabeth Collett

Born in November 1860

 

 

 

 

14N4

Thomas Collett was born at Upper Slaughter and was baptised there on 4th November 1838.  By the time of the census in 1851 he was 12 years old, when he was living at home with his parents in Upper Slaughter.  Ten years later Thomas was an unmarried carpenter at the age of 22 and was living with his widowed father and master carpenter Thomas Collett at his Upper Slaughter home.  It was during the next three years that Thomas married Elizabeth Fort who had been born at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1841.  For the first few years of the married life the couple remained at Upper Slaughter where their first two children were born.  By the end of the 1860s Thomas’ work had taken the family from Gloucestershire to Reading, where the couple’s third child was born, and where the family was living at the time of the census in 1871. 

 

 

 

The census for the St Mary district of Reading listed the family as Thomas Collett, age 32, Elizabeth F Collett, age 30, and their three children Cecilia A E Collett who was five, Samuel A H Collett who was four, and Alice K Collett who was not yet one year old.  Within the next four years the family left Reading and moved in to London, and it was at Brixton that Elizabeth presented Thomas with their next two children, although shortly after the family was living in Peckham when their last child was born.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1881, Thomas Collett from Upper Slaughter was recorded as being 48, which may be a transcription error for 42.  His occupation was that of a wood stainer (painter) and he and his family were living at 7 Buckingham Villas in Camberwell, Surrey.  Living there with him was his wife Elizabeth F Collett, age 40 of Stow-on-the-Wold, and their six children Cecilia A E Collett who was 15, Samuel A Collet who was 14, Alice K Collett who was 10, Otto F Collett who was four, Amos T Collett who was three, and Rosella N Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

The family’s move to Camberwell may have been influenced by Thomas’ cousin John Collett (Ref. 14N24) who moved there around the mid 1870s.  It is also worth noting that another John Collett (Ref. 33O19) of Bourton-on-the-Water was also living in Camberwell in 1881.  All three men were born between 1835 and 1838.

 

 

 

Thomas’ wife may well have been pregnant with the couple’s seventh child on the day of the 1881 Census, since later that year she gave birth to another son, and he was followed five years later by their last child.  By the time of the census in 1891 the family was living in the Wandsworth & Clapham area of London.  Curiously their surname was recorded with an additional e and the ages of both Thomas and Elizabeth were noted the same as they were ten years earlier.  Thomas Collette was 42, and his wife Elizabeth Collette was 40, whereas they would have been 52 and 50.

 

 

 

By that time in their life, the couple’s two eldest children would have been 25 and 24 respectively, and were no longer living with Thomas and Elizabeth.  The children who were living there were Alice Collette, age 20, Amos Collette who was 13, Rose Collette who was 11, Victor Collette who was nine, and Harold Collette who was four years old.  The couple’s other absent child, Otto Francis Collett, age 14, was living separately close by in the same Wandsworth & Clapham area.

 

 

 

However, something strange happened to the family before the end of the decade, because Thomas and Elizabeth were not recorded together at the time of the census in 1901, and Elizabeth was living in the village of Shoreham, just north of Sevenoaks in Kent.  She was described as Elizabeth Forty Collett, age 56 (sic) from Stow-on-the-Wold and, although she was married, she was living on her own means, with just two of her children.  They were naval seaman Otto Francis Keil Collett, age 24 from London, and Amos Thomas Collett, age 22, a joiner also from London.

 

 

 

To supplement her income, Elizabeth had two boarders staying with her at Shoreham Street, and they were St George Bargise, a widow of 55 who was a dentist from Mauritius, and Eugene Lloyd age 68 who was also from Mauritius.  Where Thomas Collett was at that time, has not been determined, and nor has the whereabouts of his two youngest children, even though it is known that Victor was still alive in 1911.  Elizabeth Fort Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold died while living in Surrey during 1923.

 

 

 

14O8

Cecilia Olivia E Collett

Born in 1865 at Upper Slaughter

 

14O9

Samuel Alfred H Collett

Born in 1866 at Upper Slaughter

 

14O10

Alice K Collett

Born in 1870 at Reading

 

14O11

Otto Francis Keil Collett

Born in 1876 at Brixton

 

14O12

Amos Thomas Collett

Born in 1877 at Brixton

 

14O13

Rosella N Collett

Born in 1879 at Peckham

 

14O14

Victor Collett

Born in 1881 at Camberwell

 

14O15

Harold Collett

Born in 1886 at

 

 

 

 

14N6

Harriett Collett was born at Upper Slaughter where she was baptised on 26th June 1842 and where in 1851 she was 9 years of age.  Ten years later she was working as a housemaid aged 18 at the home of Edward Francis Witts the Rector and Justice of the Peace Rector for Upper Slaughter. Harriett was just one of eight servants serving the Rector, his wife and their only son.  Rector Edward Francis Witts was the son of the Reverend Francis Edward Witts the author of “The Diary of a Cotswold Parson”.

 

 

 

 

14N7

Sarah Collett was born at Upper Slaughter around 1846 as confirmed by the 1851 Census in which she was four years old and living with her parents at Upper Slaughter.  Ten years on at the age of 15, Sarah was noted in the census that year as being a carpenter like her brother Thomas and father Thomas who was a master carpenter.

 

 

 

 

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Amy Collett was born at Upper Slaughter around 1850 and was aged 1 in the 1851 Census for that village.  By 1861 Amy was listed in the census as being 13 and was living were her family at Upper Slaughter.  However, a further ten years on when Amy was 21 she was working as a housemaid and was a visitor at the Upper Slaughter home of the Rector and Justice of the Peace Edward Francis Witts.  Curiously, ten years earlier Amy’s sister Harriett (above) had been in service there.  Also living and working there as a housemaid in April 1871 with Amy Collett was 18 years old Sarah Anne Cambray the eldest daughter of Jane Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 33N13) and James Cambray.

 

 

 

 

14N11

JOHN KYTE COLLETT was born at Longbridge House in Cowl Street, Shepton Mallet in 1836, the only son of Robert Hanman Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water and his wife Julia Speed of Shepton Mallet.  His second forename derived from his paternal grandmother’s maiden name – see Ref. 14L7. 

 

He was just two years old when his father died, following which his mother moved the family to live at a smaller property in Garston Street where John was five years old at the time of the Shepton Mallet census of 1841.  He was still living there in 1851 when he was 14 and attending the Grammar School in Charlton Road in the town.

 

 

 

On completing his education, John became an apprentice to a linen draper in Bristol, before rejoining his mother and sister Ann (below) who had left Shepton Mallet by then, and were living in Cardiff.  It was also in Cardiff that he opened his own grocery shop in St Mary Street, following his mother’s example when she transferred her grocery shop from Shepton Mallet to Cardiff a few years earlier.  John was a vegetarian and was a non-smoker for all his adult life, nor did he drink tea or coffee.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1861, John K Collett, age 25 and from Shepton Mallet, was confirmed as living in Cardiff with his widowed mother Julia and his sister Ann.  In addition to his own business in St Mary Street in Cardiff, is also established that John also became a senior partner of the well-known firm of Collett, Whitefield and Co, wholesale provision merchants, trading internationally, much like many of his ancestors.

 

 

 

It was around eight years later, at the age of 33, when John Kyte Collett married Sarah Ann Orledge Reeves at Pilton Church near Shepton Mallet in 1869, she having been born there in 1841.  The marriage certificate described Sarah as the daughter of Thomas White Reeves, a yeoman, while John’s father was recorded as Robert Collett, deceased.  Two years after they were married the childless couple were still living in Cardiff, when John K Collett was 35, and his wife Sarah A O Collett was 30.  It was at Penarth, to the south of Cardiff, that the couple were living five years later when their only child was born.

 

 

 

Five years after that, and on the occasion of the census in 1881, John and Sarah Collett were visiting the home of Sarah’s father Thomas White Reeves, the details of the day being as follows: 

Thomas White Reeves (Head of House), age 74 and from Pilton in Somerset, was a widower employing two men and one boy on his 100 acre East Town farm at Pilton.  Still living with him was his unmarried daughter Julia F Orledge Reeves, age 39 and also of Pilton, his grandson Thomas William Reeves, age 14 from Christchurch in New Zealand, his daughter Sarah Ann Orledge Collett, age 40 and born at Pilton, and her husband John Kyte Collett, a provisions merchant from Shepton Mallet, who was 45.  The household was completed by two domestic servants.

 

 

 

Back at the home of John and Sarah Collett at 20 Romilly Crescent at Llandaff near Cardiff was their five years old daughter Edith Collett and the details extracted from the 1881 census return for her are provided under her own reference.  Upon the publication during the following year of the Kelly’s Directory for 1882, the company of John Kyte Collett was listed as “Collett & Co, American and Canadian Importer of 235 Bute Street in Cardiff”.  However, by 1891 the company was trading under the name of “Collett and Isaacs of New Street in Cardiff”, although no record of either John or Sarah, or their daughter Edith, has been found in the census that year.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1901, provision merchant John K Collett from Shepton Mallet was 64, and living with him in Penarth was his wife Sarah A O Collett who was 60 and from Pilton.  It is assumed that their daughter Edith was married by that time, since there is no record of Edith Collett of Penarth who was around 24 years of age anywhere in the census that year.  However, there were two likely married candidates; Edith Brain and Edith Llewellyn, both of them born at Penarth, where they were also living.  Ten years later in April 1911 John Kyte Collett, age 75, was still living in the Penarth area with his wife Sarah A O Collett who was 70

 

 

 

On his retirement from business John Kyte Collett devoted his energies to social and philanthropic work.  He had always lived an active life and was tireless in his advocacy of improved social and industrial conditions.  During his life he wrote several remarkable pamphlets on housing, land and educational problems.  After the First World War he founded ‘The Children’s League of Peace and Goodwill’ with a membership of tens of thousands in all countries of the world, from Japan to Wales.  He believed that world peace could only be achieved from the nursery.  All of the children who joined the League were given a brass token, as shown below.

 

 

 

Figure 1 has the words:

 

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, for I am the good shepherd”

 

On the reverse side is written:

 

“This is a token of membership of the Children’s League of Peace and Goodwill to all the children of all the races”

 

 

 

It was many years later that John Kyte Collett died on 16th October 1933 at the age of 97, and had continued working right up until that time.  Following his death his body was eventually laid to rest in Cardiff where a headstone with the inscription below marks the grave.

 

 

 

In Loving Memory of

Sarah Ann Orledge

Beloved Wife of John Kyte Collett

Died March 18th 1922 aged 81

Also her beloved sister

Julia Frances Orledge Reeves

Died June 16th 1931 aged 89

Also of the above

John Kyte Collett

Formerly of Shepton Mallet

Died October 16th 1933 aged 97

 

 

 

One interesting story relating to him, is that schoolboy John Kyte Collett and his cousin, John Lewis who was also born at Cowl Street in Shepton Mallet and the founder of the modern-day John Lewis Partnership, were evicted on several occasions, together with many other children, from a field attached to Langhorne House (now St Paul’s School), which was then owned by Mr Garton, the owner of the Anglo Bavarian Brewery.

 

 

 

Much has been written about John Kyte Collett and his achievements, one of which is the establishment of Collett Park in Shepton Mallet in 1906, which was the subject of a Collett reunion in June 2006 to celebrate the centenary of the park.  A photographic record of the weekend’s events can be found on this website in the folder entitled Shepton Mallet 2006.  An earlier Collett reunion took place in June 1996 and a written record of that event can be found in the folder entitled Shepton Mallet 1996.

 

 

 

14O16

EDITH COLLETT

Born in 1876 at Penarth

 

 

 

 

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Ann Mary Collett was born in 1838 at Shepton Mallet, the only daughter of Robert Hanman Collett and Julia Speed.  It was also in the same year that she was born that Ann’s father died.  So by the time of the census in 1841 Ann Collett aged three years was living at Garston Street in Shepton Mallet with her widowed mother and older brother John (above).  Ten years later she and her family were still living there, when Ann was 13.  During the 1850s Ann’s mother took Ann to live in Cardiff, where her brother joined them following the completion of his apprenticeship.  And it was in Cardiff that the three of them were recorded in the census of 1861.  At that time Ann M Collett from Shepton Mallet was 23.

 

 

 

It was seven years later that she married baptist minister the Reverend James Cruickshank in 1868.  They had two children John, who was born in 1869 at Canton in Cardiff and Alice, who was born in 1870 at Tellcarn in Devon.  By the time of the 1871 Census the four of them were living with Ann’s mother Julia Collett at Canton in Cardiff.  Also living with them was 25 years old carpenter Fred Speed who had been born at Shepton Mallet, a nephew of Julia Collett nee Speed.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1881, Ann and James Cruickshank were living at Back Lane in Crewkerne on the boundary between Somerset and Dorset.  James was listed as a baptist minister who was 45 and born in Scotland, while Ann Mary was aged 43 and born at Shepton Mallet.  Their children were given listed as Alice Mary Cruickshank, who was born in 1870, Elsie Cruickshank, who was born in 1872; and James Ryland Cruickshank, who was born in March 1881.  See other Ryland references at 14I16 and 14M10.  Also living with them at the time of the census was Ann Mary’s widowed mother Julia Collett, who was 69 and from Shepton Mallet.

 

 

 

By 1891 only their son James R Cruickshank, age 10, was still living at Crewkerne with Ann M Cruickshank, age 53, and her husband James who was 55.  On that occasion the couple’s two daughters were both living and working in Cardiff, where Alice M Cruickshank was 21 and Elsie Cruickshank was 19.  It was Ann’s son James who eventually established a line of the Cruickshank family in New Zealand.  Ann Mary Cruickshank nee Collett died nine years later in 1900. 

 

 

 

In 2015 David George Rogers, born circa 1950, provided the following information about Ann Mary’s daughter Elsie Cruickshank who was his paternal grandmother.  Elsie married Thomas Rogers, a grocer, and they lived at 21 Windsor Terrace in Penarth.  It was their son who was David’s father, while Elsie Rogers nee Cruickshank died during 1952.

 

 

 

 

14N13

Robert Dalby was born at Bourton-on-the Water in 1838.  He married Mary Barker of Leamington and in 1881 they were living at 87 Edward Street in Kings Norton south of Birmingham.  Robert was a painter aged 43 as was his wife Mary, and living with them were their children: Robert E Dalby born in 1863; Rosina F Dalby born in 1866; Frank M Dalby born in 1868; and Alfred E Dalby born in 1873.

 

 

 

 

14N14

Frances (Fanny) Jane Dalby was born at Shepton Mallet in 1842.  She married Edward John Jones of Hemel Hempstead around 1867.  He was a coal merchant employing five men and a boy and was born in 1841.  Fanny was confirmed in the 1881 Census as being aged 39 of Shepton Mallet.  Their children were:  Herbert Edward Jones born in 1868; Lillian Mary Jones born in 1870; Charles Collett Jones born in 1871; Edith F Jones born in 1873; John Edward Jones born in 1879, and all were born at Hemel Hempstead.  Also living with the family was Fanny’s 68 years old mother Elizabeth Kyte Dalby.

 

 

 

 

14N15

Joseph Collett was born at Condicote, to the west of Stow-on-the-Wold in 1847, and was the eldest child of George Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water and Elizabeth Emms of Hazelton.  Unlike his following two brothers, no baptism record for Joseph has yet been found, so the first recording on him was in the census of 1851 when he was three years old and living with his family at Lower Swell.  It was the census return that gave his place of birth as Condicote.  With no later record of Joseph having been found anywhere in the subsequent census returns, it may be safe to assume that he did not survive beyond childhood.

 

 

 

 

14N16

Oliver Emms Collett was born at Lower Swell in June 1849, where he was baptised on 15th July 1849, the second child of George Collett and his wife Elizabeth Emms.  In all of the later records in his life he was simply referred to as Oliver Emms, including the census of 1851 when he was two years old and living with his family at Lower Swell.  His place of birth on that occasion was recorded as Swell.  He was still living with his parents in 1861, but by which time the family had moved to Longborough near Condicote where Oliver’s older brother Joseph had been born.  The census that year recorded Oliver Collett, age 12, as the oldest of the three sons still living with George and Elizabeth Collett.  Ten years later Oliver was working for the Great Western Railway in Gloucester, and the census that year recorded him as Oliver Collett who was 22 and unmarried, and residing in the Barton St Mary district of the city.

 

 

 

It was his work on the railway that eventually took him north to Lancashire, where he met and married his wife Martha Finney around 1877.  Martha was born at Newton Le Willows in 1852 and was baptised at Newton-in-Makersfield on 29th August 1852, the daughter of John and Eliza Finney.  Not long after they were married the couple lived in for a short while in Liverpool, where their first child was born.  By the time of the census in 1881, the family had moved east to Widnes, and it was at 5 William Street that the three of them were living on that day.  Oliver Collett, age 32 and from Lower Swell, was a railway engine driver, his wife Martha, age 28, was from Newton-le-Willows, and their daughter Gertrude Collett was just one year. 

 

 

 

During the next ten years three more daughters were born into the family which, after living in Widnes for a very short while, moved the short distance to Garston on the north side of the River Mersey, to the south of Liverpool.  It was while they were living there that the next two children were born, and then towards to the end of the decade the family moved again, that time to nearby Toxteth where Oliver’s and Martha’s last daughter was born.  The family living in the Toxteth area in 1891 was made up of Oliver Collett, who was 41, Martha Collett, who was 38, and their four daughters Gertrude Collett who was 11, Ada M Collett who was eight, Martha Collett who was six years old, and Jane Collett who was still under one year old. 

 

 

 

Also at that same time in 1891, there were three other Colletts living in the Toxteth Park area, and they were Charles C Collett, age 40, Betsey M Collett, age 30, and Sarah Collett who was 22, although no connection to this family line has so far been found with any of these.

 

 

 

It was possibly through Oliver’s work on the railway that the family later moved eastwards to Cheadle in Cheshire, since it was there that the family was living in March 1901.  Oliver from Lower Swell was 52 and his occupation on that occasion was once again that of a railway engine driver, while his wife Martha was 48 and from Newton-le-Willows in Lancashire.  By that time only two of the couple’s four daughters were still living with them, and they were Gertrude Collett, age 21, who was a dressmaker, and Martha Collett who was 16 and an apprentice milliner.

 

 

 

After another ten years Oliver and Martha were living in the Stockport area not far from Cheadle, and still living with the couple were the same two unmarried daughters.  The census return for April 1911 listed the family as Oliver Collett, age 61, Martha Collett, age 57, and daughters Gertrude Collett who was 31, and Martha Collett who was 26.

 

 

 

Of their other two daughters, no record of Jane has been found at all, which may suggest that she did not survive beyond childhood.  There are however, records of two Ada Mary who were both born at Garston in 1882 and both of them were living in the West Derby area of Liverpool in 1911.  The first was married to John Joseph Newman and had a daughter Kathleen who was born in 1907, while the second was married to Robert Thurston Bushell with two sons, Robert Edgar born in 1902 and William Samuel born in 1909.

 

 

 

During the six and a half years after the census day in 1911 Martha Collett nee Finney appears to have passed away, since Oliver Collett was living at 16 Stockport Road in Cheadle Heath when he died on 18th October 1917.  His estate of £208 13 Shillings 8d was subject to probate at Chester on 13th December that same year in which his two daughters Gertrude and Martha were mentioned.  Both were married by that time, although Martha was already a widow perhaps as a result of losing her husband in the Great War.

 

 

 

14O17

Gertrude Collett

Born in 1879 at Liverpool

 

14O18

Ada Mary Collett

Born in 1882 at Garston, Merseyside

 

14O19

Martha Collett

Born in 1884 at Garston, Merseyside

 

14O20

Jane Collett

Born in 1890 at Toxteth Park, Liverpool

 

 

 

 

14N17

George Collett was born at Lower Swell on 26th August 1854 and was baptised there on 19th November 1854, the third son of George and Elizabeth Collett.  At the time of the census in 1861 George’s family was living at Longborough to the west of Stow-on-the-Wold, when George Collett from Lower Swell was six years old.  During the next decade his family moved south to Cirencester, where George Collett, age 16, was living with his family at the time of the census in 1871.  It was around three years after that when George became a married man.

 

 

 

Like his older brother Oliver (above), George also worked for the Great Western Railway and it was following his move to Swindon that he met and married Kezia Duck at Swindon in November 1874.  Kezia was born at Wroughton near Swindon in November 1856, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Duck.  She was exactly 18 years old when she married George, whose own age was recorded as 20 years and 3 months.  Once married the couple settled in the Stratton area of the town where their first three children were born prior to the census in 1881.  On that occasion the family was recorded residing in a dwelling on the High Street in Stratton St Margaret, Swindon.  George Collett, age 26 and from Lower Swell, was employed as a railway goods guard.

 

 

 

Listed at the address with him, was his wife Kezia Collett, age 24 and from Wroughton near Swindon, and their three children Arthur Collett who was six and attending the local school, Lilley Collett who was five, and Edith Collett who was two years old, who were all born at Stratton.  Also living with the family was thirty-one years old boarder Joseph Green of Oldbury near Birmingham, who was a carpenter.

 

 

 

Kezia was very likely with-child on the day of the census in 1881, since later that same year she gave birth to a second son, after the family had moved to Gorse Hill in Swindon, and he was followed by a further three children who were also born at Gorse Hill.  The Gorse Hill census of 1891 listed the larger family as George Collett 36, Kezia Collett 34, Arthur Collett 17, Edith Collett 12, George Collett 9, Ernest Collett 5, Beatrice Collett who was two, and Elsie Collett who was not yet one year old.  Curiously the census return listed all of the children in error as having been born at Gorse Hill.  The couple’s missing daughter Lilley Collett, who was fifteen years old and from Swindon, had finished her schooling and had entered into domestic service with a family in the Hungerford & Lambourne registration district, across the county boundary in Berkshire, where she was recorded as Lily Collett.

 

 

 

The majority of the family was still living at Gorse Hill in March 1901.  George Collett of Lower Swell was 46 and was employed by the Great Western Railway as a Goods Guards.  Kezia Collett of Wroughton was 44, and living with them were their three youngest children.  They were Ernest Collett, age 15, Beatrice Collett 13, and Elsie Collett who was 11, all three of them confirmed as born at Gorse Hill.  By that time the couple’s two oldest daughters were married, while no trace of their eldest son Arthur has been found in Great Britain in 1901, nor again in 1911.  The couple’s second eldest son George Collett junior, had already left the family home and, like his father, was in the employment of the Great Western Railway and was living in Reading by March 1901.  The youngest male member of the family, Ernest, had also left school by that time and was working as a ‘coll boy’.

 

 

 

Over the next few years all of the children left the family home to find their own way in the world, and by the end of the first decade of the new century George’s and Kezia’s son George had returned from Reading and was once again living with them in Swindon.  At the time of the Swindon census in April 1911, George Collett from Lower Swell was 56, his wife Kezia Collett from Wroughton was 53, and their unmarried son George Henry Collett was 29.

 

 

 

14O21

Arthur Collett

Born in 1874 at Stratton St Margaret

 

14O22

Lilley Amelia Collett

Born in 1875 at Stratton St Margaret

 

14O23

Edith Emily Collett

Born in 1878 at Stratton St Margaret

 

14O24

George Henry Collett

Born in 1881 at Gorse Hill, Swindon

 

14O25

Ernest Albert Collett

Born in 1885 at Gorse Hill, Swindon

 

14O26

Beatrice Frances Collett

Born in 1887 at Gorse Hill, Swindon

 

14O27

Elsie Frances Collett

Born in 1889 at Gorse Hill, Swindon

 

 

 

 

14N18

James Collett was born at Lower Swell in 1859, the son of George and Elizabeth Collett.  Not long after he was born his father’s work as a farm bailiff resulted in the family first moving to nearby Longborough, where James Collett was two years old at the time of the census in 1861, and later to Cirencester where they were living in 1871 when he was 12.

 

 

 

Around the end of the 1870s James married Mary who was born at Warminster in Wiltshire in 1855.  It would appear from the next three census records that they did not have any children.  In 1881 they were living at Upton Scudamore, just north of Warminster, where James Collett gave an incorrect age and place of birth when he said he was 24 and from Stow-on-the-Wold.  He would appear to have inflated his age out of embarrassment of being much younger than his wife Mary who was 26.  At that time he was working as a carter and an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

They were still living in the Warminster area ten years later when James was 32 and Mary was 35, but ten years after that they were living in the Bath area of Somerset.  By then James Collett, age 42 and from Lower Swell, was a miller’s labourer, while his wife Mary was 46.  It was also in the same area that the couple was living in April 1911 when James from Lower Swell was 52 and Mary from Warminster was 55.

 

 

 

 

14N19

Mary Collett was born at Eyford within the parish of Upper Slaughter during 1862, the only known daughter of George Collett and his wife Elizabeth Emms.  Before 1870 her parents took the family to living in the Cirencester area, where they were living in 1871 when Mary Collett was eight years old.   Ten years after that, the next census in 1881 recorded Mary Collett of Eyford as 18 and with no occupation, when she was living at Cerney Fields in South Cerney with her parents and younger brother Frederick (below).  By 1891 Mary Collett, age 27 and from Eyford, was living and working in the Wallingford registration district in Oxfordshire.  Only one other person with the name Collett was recorded in that area on that occasion, and she was Amelia Collett who was 16 and from Eynsham whose family details are contained in Part 28, Ref. 28O78.  Whatever happened to Mary Collett after 1891 is not known, but her absence from the next two census returns under the name of Mary Collett may suggest that she was married.

 

 

 

 

14N20

Frederick Collett was born at Eyford just north of Upper Slaughter in 1865, the youngest child of George and Elizabeth Collett, as confirmed in the 1871 and 1881 Censuses when he was five years old at Cirencester and 15 years of age while living at Cerney Fields in South Cerney with his parents and only sister Mary (above).  Even at the age of 15 he was already in work, his first job being that of a plough boy, although he later became a carter working a farm.

 

 

 

The only Frederick Collett born within the county of Gloucestershire in the census of 1891, was living and working in the Stretford district of Manchester.  That may well have been Frederick from Eyford, since his older brother Oliver (above) and his family were living in Lancashire at that time.  However, it is established that he was still living in the Cirencester area towards the middle of the 1890s.

 

 

 

Frederick Collett married Minnie Midwinter at St Matthews Church in the village of Coates, near Cirencester, on 25th December 1897.  The parish register recorded that Frederick Collett was 31 and a carter of South Cerney, and the son of George Collett, farm bailiff.  Minnie was born at Aldsworth in 1874, and was the daughter of agricultural labourer John Midwinter of Aldsworth and his wife Sarah of Sherborne.  In 1881 Minnie was six years old when she was living with her parents and her two siblings George Midwinter and Rosetta Midwinter at Aldsworth.

 

 

 

The couple’s first child was possibly a honeymoon baby, and was born during the year following their marriage, at a time when Frederick and Minnie were living at South Cerney.  Shortly after the birth, the family moved to Ampney Crucis, where their second child was born.  The census in March 1901 for Ampney Crucis listed the family as Frederick Collett, age 35 and from Eyford, who was a carter working on a farm, his wife Minnie who was 26 and from Aldsworth, and their two children Mabel Collett, who was two years old and had been born at South Cerney, and Frederick Collett who was just three months old, who had been born after the family had settled in Ampney Crucis.

 

 

 

It would appear from the next census in 1911 that Frederick and Minnie’s eldest daughter Mabel did not survive beyond childhood.  It may have been that loss to the family which prompted the move away from Ampney Crucis, since by March 1911 they were living within the Winchcombe area of Gloucestershire.  Also by that time the family had been extended with three additional children.  So the full family was then made up of Frederick Collett, age 45, Minnie Collett 36, Frederick George Collett who was 10, Gertrude Ethel Collett who was seven, Elsie Collett who was three, and Phyllis Mary Collett who was one year old.  Once again Frederick’s place of birth was confirmed as Eyford.  It was around six or seven years later Frederick Collett senior died at the age of 52, which could place the time of his death in the latter half of 1917 or during the early months of 1918.

 

 

 

14O28

Mabel Collett

Born in 1898 at South Cerney; died b/f 1911

 

14O29

Frederick George Collett

Born in December 1900 at Ampney Crucis

 

14O30

Gertrude Ethel Collett

Born in 1903

 

14O31

Elsie Collett

Born in 1907

 

14O32

Phyllis Mary Collett

Born in 1909

 

 

 

 

14N21

Thomas Collett Marshall was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in either late 1819 or early 1820.  Shortly after he was born his mother Elizabeth Marshall nee Collett died and his father married Anne Collett his sister-in-law.  It would appear that Thomas later married and had a son Charles Marshall born at Bourton in 1854.  By 1881 Thomas was a widower aged 61 and was a hawker with his 26-year old married son Charles who was also a hawker.  At that time (April 1881) the pair of them were staying at the Dove Inn in St James Street in Norwich, the establishment of licenced victualler John Ford of Norwich.

 

 

 

 

14N22

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water and was baptised there on 20th March 1832.  He married Ann E Walker of London in 1864 and the marriage produced twelve children, all of which were born after the family had moved to Dudley near Birmingham.  At the time of the next census in April 1871 the family was living at Dudley where Thomas was 39, his wife Ann was 31, and their child by then were Thomas aged five, Harriet aged four, and Howson who was under one year old.  Their missing daughter Amelia had died during the previous year.

 

 

 

Seven more children were added to the family over the next ten years.  So by 1881 the family living at St James Road in Dudley were described as follows.  Thomas 49 was a gas manager from Bourton and his wife Ann Eliza was 41 of London, and their children were Thomas 15, Harriet 14, the twins Mary and Lillian who were both aged eight, Eleanor was seven, Edgar was five, Raymond was three and Harold Collett was two years old.  Supporting the family were local girl Esther Rollason 23, a cook/domestic and Rachel Margaret Brookes aged 20 a nurse/domestic from Bushbury in Staffordshire.

 

 

 

The family was extended by two further children after April 1881 before Thomas Collett died in 1888.  Following her husband’s death Ann moved to Hastings on the south coast and it was there that she was living with some of her daughters in 1891.  The census that year recorded that Ann Collett was 51 when she was living within the St Mary in the Castle district of the town.  The daughters who were all listed as having been born at Dudley were Harriet who was 24, Lillian who was 18, Eleanor who was 17 and Annie who was eight years of age.  It seems likely that Ann later moved along the coast to Worthing where she was living with just her daughter Annie in 1901.

 

 

 

It may be interest that there are details of many more Colletts who were born at Dudley contained within Part 48 – The Dudley West Midlands Line, although there is only a tenuous link to this family line.

 

 

 

14O33

Thomas Collett

Born in 1865 at Dudley

 

14O34

Harriet Rose Collett

Born in 1867 at Dudley

 

14O35

Amelia Frances Collett

Born in 1868 at Dudley

 

14O36

Howson Collett

Born in 1870 at Dudley

 

14O37

Mary Augusta Collett                twin

Born in 1872 at Dudley

 

14O38

Lillian Louise Collett                 twin

Born in 1872 at Dudley

 

14O39

Eleanor Frances Collett

Born in 1874 at Dudley

 

14O40

Edgar Howson Collett

Born in 1875 at Dudley

 

14O41

Raymond Collett

Born in 1877 at Dudley

 

14O42

Harold Collett

Born in 1879 at Dudley

 

14O43

Annie Adelaide Collett

Born in 1881 at Dudley

 

14O44

Annie Kathleen Collett

Born in 1882 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

14N23

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 28th March 1833 where she died the following year in 1834.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 17th October 1835.  He married (1) Sarah Ann Charles in 1864 with whom he had four children.  The first two children were apparently born while John and Sarah were living in Stratford-on-Avon, while the next two children were born at Aston in Birmingham.  It seems very likely that John and his older brother Thomas both moved north to the Birmingham area, as Thomas’s children where all born at Dudley.  John’s wife Sarah was born in 1837 but tragically died seven years after they were married in 1871.  Four years later John married (2) Cecilia Helen Carr in 1875 and the marriage produced a further four children for John.  Cecilia was born on 2nd May 1842 at Stowmarket in Suffolk.

 

 

 

By 1881 John and the family had moved to London.  In the census that year he was listed as John Collett aged 45 of Bourton and was married to Cecilia H Collett aged 38 and born at Stow Market.  Their place of resident at that time was Alleyn Park at Kingwood Lawn in Camberwell, and John’s occupation was given as that of a hop merchant.  Living with their parents were William Henry Collett 11, John S Collett 10, Cecilia D Collett, who was four, Bernard Collett, who was two, and Aubrey R Collett who was ten months old, all of the three youngest children having been born at Camberwell.

 

 

 

The house would have been a busy place as, in addition to the seven members of the family, there was also a visitor 26 years old Alice Bromley from Stoke Poges, and two servants, housemaid Elizabeth Harwood 24 of Southwark and nurse Helen Pepper 20 of Abingdon in Berkshire.  The two oldest members of John and Sarah’s original family were missing from the family home in 1881.  Emily was a boarder at The Ferns School for Girls in Islington, while Oliver was attending a grammar school in Essex.  That perhaps indicates that the family was fairly well set up financially.

 

 

 

It may be interesting to note that another John Collett (Ref. 33O19) who was born at Bourton in 1837 was also living nearby in Camberwell at that same time in 1881 as was a cousin Thomas Collett (Ref. 14N4).  All three men were of a very similar age being born between 1835 and 1838.  Just after the turn of the century John was aged 65 and was living with his wife Cecilia and their four youngest children at Lambeth where he was recorded as being a shop merchant.  Cecilia was confirmed as being aged 58 and born at Stowmarket.

 

 

 

Curiously ten years later in April 1911, John was not listed in the census return as living with his wife on that occasion.  Instead Cecilia Helen Collett of Stowmarket, age 68, was living in the Camberwell district of London.  Meanwhile her husband John Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water, who was seventy-five, was living in the Wandsworth area of London with his younger sister Susan Beale Collett (below).

 

 

 

John Collett of ‘Cotswold’ on Rixham Lane in Dorking died on 12th October 1919 and was buried at Bourton where he was joined four years later by his wife and forty-five years later by his daughter Cecilia. (see Headstone Epitaphs).  The Will of John Collett was proved in London on 19th March 1920 when his sons Bernard Collett, a chartered accountant, and Aubrey Ransford Collett, a broker, were named as the executors of his estate of £1,262 0 Shillings 10d.

 

 

 

Today a single tombstone marks the graves and carries the following inscription “In Loving Memory of John Collett son of Thomas and Mary born October 17th 1835 died at Dorking October 12th 1919.  Also of his wife Cecilia Helen Collett born May 2nd 1848 died April 9th 1923.  Also of their daughter Cecilia Dora Ransford Collett born November 27th 1876 died January 28th 1964”  At the time of her death in 1923 Cecilia was residing at a dwelling with the name ‘Cotswold’ on Rixham Lane in Dorking.  Probate was granted in London on 6th September 1923 for the widow Cecilia Helen Collett in favour of Bernard Collett, a chartered accountant, and Aubrey Ransford Collett, an insurance broker, her two sons.  The sum total of her personal estate amounted to £2,394 9 Shillings 2d.

 

 

 

14O45

Emily Ann Collett

Born in 1866

 

14O46

Oliver Charles Collett

Born in 1867

 

14O47

William Henry Collett

Born in 1869

 

14O48

John Sydney Collett

Born in 1870

 

14O49

Cecilia Dora Ransford Collett

Born on 27.11.1876

 

14O50

Bernard Collett

Born in 1878

 

14O51

Aubrey Ransford Collett

Born on 21.05.1880

 

14O52

Arthur Stanley Collett

Born in 1881

 

 

 

 

14N25

Ann Elizabeth Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 1st January 1837 and she died there on 26th April 1867.  She was buried at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton in the family grave alongside her three sisters, Emily Collett, Mary Henrietta Collett, and Esther Ransford Collett.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14N26

Arthur Collett, who may have also been William Arthur Collett, was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1838.  He married Miss Hobbs with whom he had three children before he died shortly after his fortieth birthday in 1879.  Curiously to date, no record of the family has so far been discovered within the census in 1881, or any subsequent census returns.

 

 

 

14O53

Mary Henrietta Susan Collett

Born in 1871

 

14O54

Sally Ransford Collett

Born in 1874

 

14O55

William Arthur Collett

Born in 1876

 

 

 

 

14N27

Emily Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1839/40 and she died there on 6th February 1866.  She was buried in the cemetery of St Lawrence’s Church in the family grave with her sisters Ann Elizabeth Collett, Emily Collett and Esther Ransford Collett and a gravestone carries the names of all four girls.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14N28

Mary Henrietta Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 14th April 1841, the daughter of Thomas Collett and his wife Mary Ransford.  It the census conducted in June 1841 she was recorded as Henrietta Collett aged two months, and ten years later she was once again Henrietta Collett, then aged nine years.  In 1834 her older sister Mary, whom she never knew, died when she was around one year old, and it may have been that sad event or the fact her mother was also Mary, that then resulted in Henrietta being later referred to simply as Mary Collett. 

 

 

 

It was as Mary Collett age 19 that she was living with her parents in 1861, and ten years later she was Mary Collett, age 29, when she was the only child living with her widowed mother in 1871.  It is therefore very curious that there appears to be no record of Mary Collett or Henrietta Collett from Bourton-on-the-Water anywhere in the country at the time of the census in1881, except the one listed below who age was different by exactly ten years.  Furthermore the date of the death of Mary Henrietta Collett took place at Bourton on 8th May 1884, over three years before the said Henrietta Walker nee Collett below.  Mary Henrietta Collett was buried in the family grave at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton together with her three sisters, Ann Elizabeth Collett, Emily Collett, and Esther Ransford Collett.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

 

It might be of interest to insert here that another Henrietta Collett born at Bourton-on-the-Water around ten years after Mary Henrietta Collett had her throat cut by her husband saddler Joseph Walker on 18th September 1887 at their home in Middle Row, Chipping Norton.  No record of the earlier life of that particular member of the Collett family has been found, so it is possible that Collett was the name from an earlier marriage.  What is known in that Henrietta Collett married widower Joseph Walker during the first quarter of 1877 at Chipping Norton, where Joseph’s wife Charlotte Gillett had died during the previous year leaving him with three young children. 

 

 

 

Over the ten years that they were married it was not a happy household since, sometime after the census in 1881, Joseph’s eldest son committed suicide for which Joseph blamed his wife.  At the time of that census the couple and Joseph’s three children were living at Pembroke Street in Chipping Norton.  Joseph Walker from Whichford was 39, Henrietta Walker from Bourton was 29, Fred Walker was 13, Julia Walker was 11, and Joseph Walker was eight years old.

 

 

 

On 18th September 1887, while Henrietta was looking after the two children of a relative, Joseph was out drinking, and on his return he discovered money missing from his pocket.  He suspected his wife of stealing from him and, in a drunken rage, slit her throat, while his son Joseph was putting his two cousins to bed.  He was promptly arrested by the local police, but still drunk, he boasted “I have done it.  I think I made a good job of it.”  Joseph Walker was subsequently found guilty of the murder of Henrietta Walker was hanged at Oxford Castle during November 1887.

 

 

 

 

14N29

Susan Beale Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 4th December 1842.  She never married and sometime during the 1870s she assumed the name of Susan Beale Collett following the second marriage of her mother to John Beale.  The 1881 Census confirmed that Susan was aged 38 and that she was living with her mother at the Butcher’s Shop in Bourton where they were both listed as retired.  Twenty years later Susan B Collett of Bourton was aged 58 and was living in the Lambeth area of London where, interestingly her nephew Aubrey R Collett was living at that time – see below.  By April 1911 Susan was living within the Wandsworth registration district of London under her full name.  The census return confirmed that Susan Beale Collett was 68 and that she had staying with her on that occasion her older brother John Collett from Bourton-on-the-Water.  Susan died in 1928 and shares a tombstone with her nephew Aubrey Ransford Collett (Ref. 14O51) who died in 1936.  Her inscription simply reads “Susan Beale Collett 4th December 1842 – 31st January 1928  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14N30

Esther Ransford Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1844 where she died two years later in 1846.  She was buried at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton in the family grave with her three sisters, Ann Elizabeth Collett, Emily Collett, and Mary Henrietta Collett.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14N31

Alphea James Collett, listed as a daughter in 1881, was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1846 and she died in 1903.

 

 

 

 

14N32

Emma Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 13th June 1838, the eldest child of John and Mary Collett.  Her mother died when Emma was eight years old, followed two years later by her father, at which time Emma and her brother Robert (below) went to live with their grandfather Robert Strong at Stow-on-the-Wold.  Unfortunately when Emma’s father died, his second wife and her son inherited the majority of the Collett family estate, with a legacy of just thirty-five pounds being left to Emma and her three siblings.

 

 

 

 

14N33

Ann Mary Collett was born at Aston Blank (known as Cold Aston today) on 18th September 1841.  Upon the death of Ann’s mother and then her father when she was just five years and seven years of age respectively Ann Mary and her brother Thomas (below) were taken into the care of their grandmother Ann Collett nee Tilling (Ref. 14L11).

 

 

 

Sadly when the children’s grandmother died only a year later in 1849, Ann and Thomas were placed in the care of the Muller School for orphans in Bristol.  That happened on 1st November 1849 and Ann stayed there until she left on 22nd June 1861, at which time she entered into domestic service with Mrs Welch of Lewisham in London.  Less than four years later she married John Russell at Southwark on 27th February 1865.  He was generally referred to as Philip and together they had six children born between 1865 and 1880.

 

 

 

All her life Ann had doubts about when and where she was born.  In 1909 she decided to try to seek confirmation by writing to the Muller School for a copy of her birth certificate.  At the time of writing she was living a 13 Amberley Grove off Morland Road in East Croydon.  The letter is transcribed below.  “Sir, the liberty I take in writing is to ask you if you have the certificate of my birth, if so can you send me it.  I entered MT house in 1849 and left in 1861 for service.  I have tried to get it from Bourton Parish but the Rector has only two of the family, he has neither mine or my brother’ Thomas who was also at the school.  Yours expectantly Ann Mary Russell – maiden name Collett.”

 

 

 

In April 1911 Ann Mary Russell and her husband John Russell were confirmed as living in Croydon, when Ann was sixty-nine and John was 67.  Ann Mary Russell nee Collett died on 6th December 1921 at the age of 80 years while she was still a resident of Croydon.  Ann Mary Collett was the great great grandmother of Rita Garnett who kindly provided the new information that has enabled this family line to be updated.

 

 

 

 

14N34

Robert Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 22nd June 1843.  Following the death of his mother when aged just three years, and his father two years later, Robert and his sister Emma Elizabeth (above) went to live with their grandfather Robert Strong at Stow-on-the-Wold.  No trace of Robert has been found in the national census of 1881.

 

 

 

 

14N35

Thomas Collett was born at Burford in Oxfordshire on 8th January 1846.  Thomas’s mother died when he was only four months old and she was followed two years later by his father.  At that time in 1848 Thomas, together with his sister Ann (above), went to live with their grandmother Ann Collett nee Tilling, but tragically she died in 1849.  Following the death, Thomas and Ann were placed in an orphanage in Bristol that was the Muller School.  They entered together on 1st November 1849 and Thomas was the first to leave in 1860 when he went to live with his grandfather Robert Strong at Stow-on-the-Wold.  It seems highly likely that Thomas remained living in the Stow area for the rest of his life, since the death of a Thomas Collett was recorded at Stow register office (Ref. 6a 249) during the second quarter of 1911 at the age of 66.

 

 

 

 

14O2

Emma Collett was born in 1859 at Atch Lench, although when she was one year old she was living with her family at Church Lench.  Ten years later, at the age of 11, she and her family were residing in Atch Lench, but had left the family home by 1881, perhaps to be married.  It is possible that she was married twice in her short life, since by the time of the census in 1901 she and her much younger husband and their two young daughters were living in Salford Priors in Warwickshire.  Her husband was Joseph Sollis from Salford Prior who was 28 and a carter on a farm, while Emma Collett from Atch Lench was 40 and a housekeeper.  Their two children were Jane Sollis who was six and Margaret Sollis who was four years of age, both of whom had been born at Salford Priors.  Living with the family was Emma’s widowed father John Collett who was 67.

 

 

 

Ten years later Emma and her family were still recorded as living in Salford Priors with her husband and her two daughters.  Joseph Sollis was 38, Emma was 50, Jane was 16 and Margaret was 14.  Also living in that same census registration district was Emma unmarried younger sister Ellen Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

14O5

Ellen Collett was born in 1867 at Atch Lench and was three years old and 14 years of the age respectively in the two census returns in 1871 and 1881 when she was living at Atch Lench with her family.  In 1901 Ellen Collett from Church Lench was 33 when she was working as a domestic housemaid at Weston & Whixall under Redcastle in Shropshire, while during the next few years she moved to Salford Priors in Warwickshire to be near her older married sister Emma Sollis nee Collett (above).  In the census of 1911 Ellen Collett was 43.

 

 

 

 

14O6

John William Collett was born at Atch Lench in 1869, the sixth child and only son of John and Hannah Collett.  It was at Atch Lench that he lived most of his early life, where he was one year old in 1871, and 10 years old in 1881, although in the census that year his place of birth was given as Church Lench.  Also not long after the census in 1871 his mother passed away, so he spent the next twenty years living with his widowed father, both of them being agricultural labourers.

 

 

 

John was still living with his at the time of the Atch Lench census in 1891 when he was 21, but during the following year he married Sarah from Arrow in Alcester.  It was also around that same time that his father passed away.  By the time of the census in March 1901 Sarah had presented John with three children.  The Atch Lench census that year listed the family as agricultural labourer John Collett, age 31, his wife Sarah who was 33, their son John who was seven, and daughters Elsie and Margaret who were six and three.  All of the occupants of the household, except Sarah, had been born at Atch Lench.

 

 

 

Sarah, from Arrow in Warwickshire, may well have been expecting her fourth child on the day of the census in 1901, since later that same year she gave birth to another daughter.  A further child followed many years later, so by April 1911 the family still living at Atch Lench was made up as follows.  John was 41, Sarah was 42, their son John was 17, Margaret was 13, Bertha was nine years old, and baby Ethel was only four months old.  No record of daughter Elsie has been found, and she would have been around sixteen years of age.

 

 

 

14P1

John Collett

Born in 1893 at Atch Lench

 

14P2

Elsie Collett

Born in 1895 at Atch Lench

 

14P3

Margaret Collett

Born in 1897 at Atch Lench

 

14P4

Bertha Collett

Born in 1901 at Atch Lench

 

14P5

Ethel Collett

Born in December 1910 at Atch Lench

 

 

 

 

14O8

Cecilia Olivia E Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1865, the eldest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Around the time she was three or four years old her parents left Upper Slaughter when they moved to Reading.  And it was there in the St Mary district that Cecilia A E Collett was five years old.  During the next decade the family moved again, on that occasion to Brixton in London.  From there, her parents took the family to Peckham, and then to Camberwell, where the family was living in 1881.

 

 

 

By the time of the census that year Cecilia A E Collett, age 15 and from Upper Slaughter, was a paper gummer and envelope maker living with her parents at 7 Buckingham Villas in Camberwell, Surrey.  It was just over two years later that Cecilia Olivia E Collett married Robert Hutcherson, their wedding recorded at Edmonton in London (Ref. 3a 378) during the last three months of 1883.  The witnesses at their wedding were George Frederick Burton and Elizabeth Naomi Jenn.  On the day the census was conducted in 1891 Cecilia Olivia Hutcherson from Upper Slaughter was 25 and a patient at St Luke’s Chest Hospital in East Finsbury.

 

 

 

Tragically it was less than one year later that the death of Cecilia Hutcherson was recorded at Edmonton (Ref. 3a 275) during the first three months of 1892 when she was only 27.  Prior to her passing she had given birth to two children.  Robert William Hutcherson was born during 1884 and Kate Amelia Hutcherson was born two years later in 1886.

 

 

 

 

14O9

Samuel Alfred H Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1866, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Just after he was born his father’s work took him to Reading, where the family was recorded in the 1871 Census for the St Mary district of the town.   It was on that occasion that he was recorded at Samuel A H Collett, aged years.  Further moves took place during the following decade, which took the family to Camberwell via Brixton and Peckham.  It was Samuel A Collett, age 14 and from Upper Slaughter, that he was farrier of 14 years living with his parents at 7 Buckingham Villas in Camberwell in 1881.

 

 

 

It is possible that Samuel joined the army after that, since in the census of 1891, as Samuel Collett, age 24, he was listed in the census that year at an ‘institution’ at Frimley within the Farnham registration district of Surrey.  The only other Collett also living in that same area, was Ann Collett who 59.

 

 

 

During the last decade of the century Samuel married Alice from London, and in March 1901 the childless couple were living within the Kingston-on-Thames registration district, when both of them were 34 and Samuel’s place of birth was recorded simply as Gloucestershire, while Alice’s was just London.  Samuel’s occupation on that occasion was that of a carpenter.  Ten years later in April 1911, Samuel Alfred Collett from Gloucestershire was 45 and was living within the Croydon area with his wife Alice Collett who was also 45.

 

 

 

It was under the name of Samuel A Collett that his death was recorded at the North-Eastern register office in Surrey (Ref. 2a 51) during the last month of 1943 when he was 77, following which he was buried in the grounds of the Church of St Nicholas at Thames Ditton on 29th December 1943.

 

 

 

 

14O11

Otto Francis Keil Collett was born at Brixton in 1876 but by 1881 he was living at 7 Buckingham Villas in Camberwell with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, when he was recorded as Otto F Collett aged four years.  After a further ten years he and his family were living in the Wandsworth & Clapham area of London, although Otto Francis Collett, age 14, was not living at the family’s home, but was living and working nearby. 

 

 

 

It is not clear what happened to his family after 1891, except that Otto joined the Royal Navy and in March 1901 he was enjoying a period of leave from his base in Chatham.  Curiously the census that year recorded him in two places at the same time.  The first was at his base at Chatham, where he was simply Otto Collett, age 24 from London, Kent, where he was described as a navy seaman.  In the second, he was listed with his mother Elizabeth Collett from Stow-on-the-Wold at her home in Shoreham Street in Shoreham, Kent, just north of Sevenoaks.  He was named as Otto Francis Keil Collett, age 24 from London, who was a naval seaman, while also living at the same address was his brother Amos (below).  It was only two years after that when the death of Otto Francis Collett, at the age of 26, was recorded at Seven Oaks in Kent (Ref. 2a 453) during the first quarter of 1903.

 

 

 

 

14O12

Amos Thomas Collett was born at Brixton in London during 1877, the son of Thomas Collett and his wife Elizabeth, who had moved to Brixton from Reading just a few years earlier.  Further family moves took place while he was still very young, the first to Peckham, followed by a move to Camberwell, where he and his family were living at 7 Buckingham Villas by the time of the census in 1881 when as Amos T Collett he was three years old.

 

 

 

In 1891 the family was living in the Wandsworth & Clapham registration district, when Amos Collette (sic) was 13.  On leaving school Amos became a carpenter and a joiner like others in his family, and in 1901 he was living at Shoreham Street in Shoreham, north of Sevenoaks, with his mother and his brother Otto (above).  The census listed his as Amos Thomas Collett, age 22 and from London, whose occupation was that of a joiner.

 

 

 

It was during the first ten years of the new century that Amos married Alice, and in April 1911 the couple were living in Kingston-on-Thames with their first child.  Amos Thomas Collett from Brixton was 32 and a joiner, his wife Alice Collett was 28, and their daughter Hilda Alice Elizabeth was thirteen months old.  Amos T Collett was 55 when he died during the second quarter of 1933, his death being recorded at Kingston-on-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 560). 

 

 

 

14P6

Hilda Alice Elizabeth Collett

Born in March 1910

 

 

 

 

14O14

Victor Collett was very likely born at 7 Buckingham Villas in Camberwell during the months following the census day in 1881.  He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, and by the time he was nine years old he and his family were living in the Wandsworth & Clapham district of London.  With an older brother serving with the navy at the turn of the century, it is possible that Victor had also enlisted with one of the armed forces, since he has not been located anywhere in Great Britain at the time of the March census in 1901.  However, ten years later, in April 1911, Victor Collett age 28 was unmarried when he was living alone and working in the Kingston-upon-Thames area of London.  It is possible that during the following years he became a married man.

 

 

 

 

14O16

EDITH COLLETT was born at Penarth in Glamorganshire in 1876, the only children of John Kyte Collett.  At the time of the 1881 Census she was aged five years and was living at 20 Romilly Crescent at Llandaff, the home of her parents.  However, on the actual day of the census her parents were away visiting her grandfather Thomas White Reeves at Pilton in Somerset and Edith had been left in the care of the family’s domestic housekeeper Kate Wynn.  The only other occupant at that time was Edward Derring from America who was a clerk in a provision store.  It seems very likely that Edward was visiting John Kyte Collett to set up trade links between the two businesses.  That was more or less confirmed in the Kelly’s Directory of 1882, in which John’s company was given as “Collett & Co American and Canadian Importer of 235 Bute Street in Cardiff”. 

 

 

 

 

14O17

Gertrude Collett was born at Liverpool during 1879, the eldest of the four daughters of Oliver Emms Collett and his wife Martha Finney.  In 1881 she was one year old and was living at 5 William Street in Widnes, was 11 years old in 1891 when the family was living in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, and was 21 and a dressmaker still living with her parents in 1901, but which time they were residing at Cheadle.  Gertrude was still a spinster in 1911 and was still living with her parents at the age of 31.  Not long after she married George Adams, and it was as Gertrude Adams the wife of George that she was recorded at Chester for the probate of her father’s personal estate of £208 13 Shillings 8d on 13th December 1917, following his death on 18th October that year.  Also named was her married sister Martha (below).

 

 

 

 

14O19

Martha Collett was born at Garston on Merseyside in 1884, the third daughter of Oliver and Martha Collett.  By 1891, and at the age of six years, she and her family were living at Toxteth, while ten years later her parents had moved to Cheadle in Cheshire.  At that time in her life she had left school and was an apprenticed to a milliner at the age of 16.  She was still living with her parents in 1911, but in Stockport, when she was unmarried at 26.  Prior to the First World War it would appear that Martha married to become Martha Coombes.  Sadly by the time of the death of her father in October 1917 Martha’s husband had died or been killed in action, because she was referred to as the widow Martha Coombes during the probate process of her father’s estate.

 

 

 

 

14O21

Arthur Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret near Swindon during the first six months of 1874 and the birth was registered at nearby Highworth.  It is possible that he was born while his parents were living in the High Street, where the family was recorded as living in the census of 1881 when Arthur was 6 and confirmed as having been born at Stratton.  Sometime after the census day in 1881 Arthur’s family moved from Stratton to the Gorse Hill area of Swindon where Arthur’s four youngest siblings were born.  And it there that he was living with his family ten years later in 1891 at the age of 17.  No record of Arthur has been found in the census returns for either 1901 or 1911.  However, it is known that in his later life George was employed as a groom.

 

 

 

 

14O22

Lilley Amelia Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret near Swindon during the period April to June in 1876, and was registered at Highworth.  The entry in the Highworth register of births used the name Lilley, and her name was also spelt that way by her parents when informing the enumerator during the census of 1881.  However, once she had left home she used the more conventional spelling of Lily.  In the early part of 1881, when she was five years old, Lilley was living with her parents at the High Street in Stratton, although shortly after the census day that year the family left Stratton, when they moved to Gorse Hill in Swindon.  On leaving school she entered domestic service and by the time of the census in 1891, when she was listed as Lily Collett, age 15 and from Swindon, she was living and working in the Hungerford & Lambourne registration district of Berkshire.

 

 

 

Eight years later in 1899 Lily Amelia Collett married John Selwood of Thrupp near Stroud, and by the time of the census of 1901 she had presented her husband with their first child William Selwood.  By the time of the census in 1911 the family was living in Swindon, where Lily Amelia Selwood was 35, her husband John Selwood from Thrupp was 41, and their son William John Selwood was 11.

 

 

 

 

14O23

Edith Emily Collett was born at Stratton St Margaret during the first quarter of 1879, in January, February, or March, when her family was living in the High Street there.  And it was there also that Edith Collett was two years old at the time of the census in 1881 when she was living there with her parents George and Kezia Collett.  Within a few months Edith’s family moved to Gorse Hill in Swindon where they were living in 1891 when Edith was twelve.  It seems very likely that she was married by March 1901 since no record of her as Edith Collett has been found in that year’s census.

 

 

 

 

14O24

George Henry Collett was born at Gorse Hill in Swindon on 20th September 1881, the birth being registered at Highworth.  He was the son of George and Kezia Collett who had been living in the High Street in Stratton St Margaret just six months before he was born.  It was at Gorse Hill that he and his family were living in 1891, when he was nine years old.  Upon leaving school George secured work with the Great Western Railway, like his father before him.   The GWR Staff Records confirmed that his employment with the company commenced on 6th February 1899 and he initially learned the trade of a coach builder at the Swindon Works. Just over one year later, when he was 19, the 1901 Census recorded that he was employed as a locomotive engine stoker, while he was in lodgings in the St Mary’s district of Reading, midway between Swindon and London on the GWR main line.  For whatever reason his employment with the GWR was later terminated.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in April 1911, George Henry Collett, age 29, had returned to Swindon, where he was living with his parents George and Kezia Collett.  It was around that time in his life that he had met Kate Simpkins who was born at Haydon-Wick in Swindon on 26th June 1883.  Two months after the census day the couple were married at St Mary’s Church in Rodbourne Cheney in Swindon on 03.06.1911.  At that time George’s age was recorded as being 29 years, 8 months and 13 days, while Kate was 27 years, 11 months and 7 days.  Ten years prior to marrying George, Kate had been working as a general domestic servant at a house in the village of Christian Malford, near Chippenham, when she was recorded in the 1901 Census as Kathleen Simpkins age 17 and from Highworth.

 

 

 

Over the next decade she moved to London where, in 1911, as Kate Simpkins she was working in the domestic service of a titled lady in the Lambeth district of the city.  During that time in her life, and following an operation on an ear, she became partially deaf and therefore could not remain in service receiving callers for the lady of the house.  However, she did not lose her job because of that, but was given other duties instead, that did not rely on the ability to hear everything that was going on.  Later in the same year that they were married, Kate was with pregnant with the couple’s first child.  Tragically though, George’s and Kate’s first child was born and died during February 1912, and the fact that he was not named might indicate that the child was stillborn. 

 

 

 

That was a very sad time for the newly married couple, just setting out on their life together.  In an attempt to ease their grief, Kate’s sister Ada contacted the couple and suggested that they might like to make a new start in Australia, to where Ada had emigrated just a few years earlier to be married to Percy Gilbert Matthews.  However, their move to Australia had not been as straightforward as it might have been, since their first application to Australia House was rejected.  The application had been sponsored by Kate’s sister Ada who was listed as not having an occupation, and that may have been the reason for the rejection.  It was only when a second application was made listing their brother-in-law and butcher Percy Matthews as the sponsor, that the couple were finally granted approval to settle in Australia.

 

 

 

At that time George and Kate were living at 12 Beatrice Street in the Gorse Hill district of Swindon and close to the railway works where George was employed.  12 Beatrice Street is still there today.  So it was from there that they left England and sailed on the RMS Roscommon to Cairns in Queensland, where they arrived on 3rd September 1913.  The story told within the family is, that upon disembarking and seeing the aboriginal workers on the quayside at Cairns, Kate was so afraid that she wanted to re-board the ship and return to England.  In the end she was persuaded to stay, and she and George lived at Cairns and very likely in a house on the corner of Grove Street and McLeod Street in Cairns, where the last of their four children were born.

 

 

 

Around 1923 George and Kate and their children left Cairns and sailed the one thousand miles south on the ship Canberra to Brisbane.  The Canberra was later renamed ‘Centaur’ and was called into service as a hospital ship during the Second World War.  It was however sunk by the Japanese just off Cape Moreton, with a great loss of life.  Upon arrival at Brisbane, the family initially lodged with George’s sister-in-law Ada Matthews and her family at Paddington.  That was to allow George sufficient time to find a place for him and his family to live, which he did, and they then moved into the house at 18 Shaw Street in the Auchenflower district of Brisbane. 

 

 

 

And it was at Brisbane where Kate Collett nee Simpkins died on 30th January 1966 and was buried there at the Mount Thompson Crematorium.  George survived for a further eleven years and when he died on 13th May 1977.  Due to his failing health he was staying at St Luke’s Nursing Home in Brisbane, from where his body was taken to be buried with his wife, four days later.  The cause of death was recorded as being bronchopneumonia and cerebral atherosclerosis.  During his life in Australia, both at Cairns and at Brisbane, George continued the career that he had started in Swindon by working for the Queensland Railways.  There was another time in his life when he worked as a butcher, probably thanks to his brother-in-law Percy Matthews.  It was also around that time when George and Kate were still living at Auchenflower where they received the sad news that their son Cyril had been killed in action in Papua New Guinea in 1942.

 

 

 

14P7

unnamed Collett son

Born in 1912 at Swindon

 

14P8

Harold Fleming Collett

Born on 26.09.1914 at Cairns, Australia

 

14P9

Cyril Horace Collett

Born on 17.03.1916 at Cairns, Australia

 

14P10

Vera Maud Collett

Born on 10.03.1917 at Cairns, Australia

 

14P11

Arthur James Collett

Born on 04.04.1918 at Cairns, Australia

 

 

 

 

14O25

Ernest Albert Collett was born at Gorse Hill in Swindon on 12th January 1886, the birth being registered at Highworth, when his parents were named as George and Kezia Collett.  By the time of the 1891 Census for Swindon he was five years old and listed with his family at Gorse Hill, and ten years later in 1901 when he was 15, he was still living with his parents in Swindon.  The census that took place on 31st March 1901 recorded Ernest Collett of Gorse Hill as working as a ‘coll boy’ with the Great Western Railway, where his older brother George (above) and their father were already working. 

 

 

 

What is known from the GWR Staff Records is that eleven months earlier on 30th April 1900 Ernest Albert Collett entered service with the company and that his period of employment with them continued until 5th September 1905.  The record shows that it was at Marlow in Buckinghamshire that he ended his time with the GWR.  By April 1911 it is believed that Ernest was living in London and that he was simply referred to as Ernest Collett, age 25, who was living in the Greenwich area of the city.  It is possible that he became a married man some time later.

 

 

 

 

14O26

Beatrice Frances Collett was born at Gorse Hill in Swindon during the first quarter of 1887, the daughter of George and Kezia Collett.  In the census of 1891 she was listed with her family at Gorse Hill at the age of four years.  Ten years later she was still living at the family home in Swindon when she was 13 and was still attending the local school, when her place of birth was confirmed as Gorse Hill.  No trace of Beatrice has been found in the census of 1911, so it may be safe to assume that she was married by then.

 

 

 

 

14O27

Elsie Frances Collett was born at Gorse Hill in Swindon during the fourth quarter of 1890, the youngest child of George Collett and his wife Kezia Duck.   Like all of her siblings before her, the birth was registered at nearby Highworth.  She was just a few months old at the time of the 1891 Census for Swindon, but ten years later in 1901 she was eleven and her place of birth confirmed as Gorse Hill.  Like her sister Beatrice (above), no trace of Elsie has been found in the census of 1911, so it may be safe to assume that she too was married by then.

 

 

 

 

14O29

Frederick George Collett was born at Ampney Crucis in December 1900 and was listed as being just four months old in the March census of 1901 when he was living there with his parents Frederick and Minnie Collett and older sister Mabel.  Sometime over the following years Frederick’s family left Ampney Crucis and moved nearer to Cheltenham.  By April 1911 the family was living within the Winchcomb registration district, where Frederick George Collett, age 10, was living there with his parents, although his old sister Mabel, who would have been 12, was missing and is therefore assumed to have died during the intervening years.  He is known to have died in late 1918 at the age of 18 and, although not verified as being this particular Collett, there was a Frederick Collett with no reported next-of-kin, who was Gunner Collett 86413 of the Royal Garrison Artillery who was killed in France on 10th October 1918.  The body of Frederick Collett was buried at Sains-on-Gohelle twenty kilometres north of Arras in France.

 

 

 

 

14O33

Thomas Collett was born at Dudley in 1865 and was 15 years old in the census of 1881 when he was living with his family at St James Road in Dudley in 1881.  Thirty years later the only Thomas Collett born in Dudley was married to Mary Sophie and the couple was living in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in 1911 when they were both recorded as being 49.  Whilst that does not correspond with Thomas’ year of birth, it may simply be that he did not wish to admit he was younger than his wife.

 

 

 

 

14O34

Harriet Rose Collett was born at Dudley in 1867 and was four years old and 14 years of age in 1871 and 1881 respectively, while living with her family at St James Road in Dudley.  By 1891 and following the death of her family she and her mother had moved to Hastings with three of her younger sisters (below) where Harriet was 24 in 1891.  Sometime during the 1890s Harriet made a return to the Midlands and was recorded as living in Edgbaston in Birmingham in 1901.  By then she was listed as 34, born at Dudley, and working as a domestic housekeeper.  Just after that Harriet married Mister H Herbert in 1902 although no record of the couple has been found so far in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

14O35

Amelia Frances Collett was born at Dudley in 1868 and she died there two years after in 1870.

 

 

 

 

14O36

Howson Collett was born at Dudley in 1870 and he died there the following year in 1871.

 

 

 

 

14O37

Mary Augusta Collett was born at Dudley in 1872, the twin sister of Lillian (below) and the daughter of Thomas Collett and Ann E Walker.  In the census of 1881 Mary was eight years of age when she and her family were residing at St James Road in Dudley.  Her father died when she was sixteen and shortly thereafter her mother and four of her sisters travelled south to Hasting where they were living in 1891.  At that same time Mary A Collett from Dudley was working as a telegraph learner at the Post Office in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, when she was staying at the home of the Randall family. 

 

 

 

 

14O38

Lillian Louise Collett was born at Dudley in 1872 and was one half of a set of twins.  She was eight years old in the census of 1881 when she was living at the family home in St James Road in Dudley.  Following the death of her father, her mother and some of her sisters left Dudley and moved to Hastings.  And it was there in the St Mary in the Castle district that she was living in 1891 aged 18 with her widowed mother Ann and sister Harriet (above), Eleanor and Annie (below).  She later became a hospital nurse and moved north to Yorkshire where she was living in 1901.  She was recorded in the census in March that year as living at Cawthorne to the west of Barnsley.  She was 28 and from Dudley and her occupation was that of a domestic hospital nurse.  Lillian Louise Collett was still a spinster in 1911 when she was thirty-eight.  By then she had left Yorkshire and had returned to the south coast and was living at East Preston near Little Hampton in Sussex.

 

 

 

 

14O39

Eleanor Frances Collett was born at Dudley in 1874 and was seven years old in April 1881 when she was living at St James Road in Dudley with her family.  Sometime during the 1880s her father died and her mother then took the family to live in Hastings.  The 1891 Census listed Eleanor aged 17 as living within the St Mary in the Castle area of the town with her mother and three sisters.  Ten years later at the age of 27, and still unmarried, Eleanor was living at Wolverton in Southampton where she was employed as a lady’s help and domestic.  During the next decade Eleanor returned to the Warwickshire, and in April 1911 she was recorded as Eleanor Frances Collett from Dudley who was thirty-seven and living in Warwick.  It seems likely from this that she never married.

 

 

 

 

14O40

Edgar Howson Collett was born at Dudley in 1875 and was living at James Road in Dudley on the day of the census in 1881 when he was five years old.  Following the death of his father in the 1880s, Edgar H Collett was still living in Dudley in 1891 at the age of fifteen even though his mother had moved to Hastings.  Two years after the census day he emigrated to Victoria in Australia, sailing from the Port of London on 24th March 1893 on board the ship Oruba bound for Melbourne.  On the passenger list he was recorded in error as being 24, when in fact he was only eighteen years old.   Six years after arriving in Australia Edgar married (1) Helen Louisa Brown in 1899 who was born in 1874 but who died at the age of 42 during 1917.  That union produced two children for Edgar, who later married his sister-in-law following the premature death of his wife.  It was in 1919 that Edgar married (2) L D Brown who was born in 1880 and with whom he had a further child.

 

 

 

The following is the earlier 1917 newspaper report on the passing of Edgar’s first wife.  “The death occurred at Sorrento early on Saturday morning of Mrs Helen Louisa Collett, aged 42 years, wife of Mr E H Collett, of Myer's establishment from complications supervening on an apoplectic seizure.  Mrs Collett and her two daughters left Bendigo by the A N A excursion and were joined at Sorrento a few days later by Mr. Collett.  The deceased lady, though not possessing a very robust constitution, enjoyed fairly good health, and the news of her sudden demise will cause shock and sorrow among a wide circle of friends.  She was an enthusiastic worker in many of the activities connected with the Forest Street Methodist Church, having been a teacher in the Sunday School, a vice-president of the Girls' Guild and a member of the Women's Auxiliary.  She was also a valuable helpmate to her husband in his work as circuit steward, and was for many years a leading soloist in the choir.  Mrs Collett was sister to Mr Walter Brown, house and land agent of Bendigo; Mr Ernest Brown of Murrumbeena; Private Hugh Brown of the A M C; Mr Roy Brown and Misses Ethel and Lottie Brown of Melbourne.  Helen’s younger daughter Lorna, who was six years old when her mother died, placed on her coffin a bunch of flowers she had gathered from the garden with the label "For Mamma."

 

 

 

It was in 1943 at the age of 68 that Edgar Howson Collett died at his home at Barkly place in Bendigo, Victoria and, at the time of his death, it was written that he had been residing there for almost fifty years.  That means he was married after arriving in Australia, and where also his three children were born.  The following is the newspaper report printed on the day of his burial.

 

 

 

“English by birth, Mr Collett became associated with the late Mr Sidney Myer nearly 45 years ago, at the commencement of a connection with the drapery firm of Myer's at Bendigo, which continued right to the time of his death.  For 40 of those 45 years Mr Collett was secretary of the company.  Possessed of an exceptionally fine tenor voice, which had attracted notice even before he came to Australia, Mr Collett quickly found a place in Bendigo's musical circles.  He became associated with Forest Street Methodist Church Choir, and that association was to continue for 44 years.  For 22 years he was choirmaster, and relinquished the position about 18 months ago through illness.  He took a great interest in the old Bendigo Choral Society, in which he acted as sub-conductor to Mr W C Frazier.  Mr Collett was always in great demand as a vocalist, and he assisted and encouraged many young singers.  He filled many offices during his connection with the Forest Street Church, among them being church steward, circuit steward, circuit treasurer, church trustee, and secretary of the trust.

 

 

 

Mr Collett was prominent in the Masonic craft.  One of the first members of the Corona Lodge, and master of the lodge in 1917.  He was also conductor of the lodge choir.  He was afterwards deputy-grand director of ceremonies of the Grand Lodge of Victoria.  He occupied the chair in the Bendigo Sovereign Chapter and was sovereign of the Knights of Constantine and Prince Rose Croix.  He was a commander of the Bendigo Consistory, 30th Degree, and latterly was promoted to the 31st Degree.  He was also interested in the Oddfellow's Order.  His sporting activities were confined to bowls.  He was at one time a member of the committee, and auditor of Bendigo Bowling Club, in addition to being one of its most prominent players.  Mr Collett leaves a widow, two daughters (Maisie and Lorna) and one son (Flying Officer Raymond Collett) who is at present serving with a Sunderland Squadron in Great Britain.  The funeral will take place today to Bendigo cemetery.”

 

 

 

14P12

Lillian May (Maisie) Collett

Born in 1900 at Bendigo, Australia

 

14P13

Lorna Eleanor Collett

Born in 1908 at Bendigo, Australia

 

14P14

Raymond Howson Collett

Born in 1920 at Bendigo, Australia

 

 

 

 

14O41

Raymond Collett was born at Dudley in 1877 and he married Margaret Faith sometime before 1911 and, in the census that year, the couple were both aged thirty-three and were living in the Lambeth area of London.  Raymond’s place of birth was confirmed as Dudley.  It was nine years later that the marriage produced the only child for the couple, when their daughter was born in 1920.  Thirty years later Raymond and Margaret were living at 7 Sparkbridge Road in Harrow, North London, where he died on 25th April 1950, following which administration of his personal estate of £3,767 13 Shillings 9d was granted jointly to his widow Margaret Collett and his unmarried daughter Lilian Joan Collett.

 

 

 

14P15

Lillian Joan Collett

Born in 1920

 

 

 

 

14O42

Harold Collett was born at Dudley in 1879 and was two years old in April 1881 when living at James Road in Dudley with his family.  Although no trace of him has been found ten years later, it is established that his father had died when he was around ten years of age, following which his mother took his sisters to Hastings to live with her there.  However, by 1901 Harold was 22 and was living at Eccleshall in Staffordshire where he was working as a clerk.  At that same time there was another Collett family living at Eccleshall and that was the family of Mark Collett (Ref. 11O27) whose family are featured in Part 11 – The Welford-on-Avon Line.  It is not known whether or not Harold was ever married, but it is confirmed that he died during the Great War while serving as Private 6849 with the Royal Fusiliers.  Tragically he died in action on 29th April 1917 and his name appears on Bay 3 of the Arras Memorial.

 

 

 

On 28th April 1917 British and Canadian troops stormed the town of Arleux as one of the phases of the Battle of Arras which covered the period from 9th April to 15th May that year.  It was a major assault on the German line and, whilst the Canadian troops were successful with their attack, the British troops were not so lucky and met with stiff resistance from the enemy forces.  The Arras Memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens is situated in the town of Arras and commemorates 35,000 British, South African and New Zealand servicemen who were killed between the spring of 1916 and August 1918.

 

 

 

 

14O43

Annie Adelaide Collett was born at Dudley in 1880 and she died that same year.

 

 

 

 

14O44

Annie Kathleen Collett was born at St James Road in Dudley in 1882.  She was still very young when her father died in 1888 and when her mother took her and her sisters to Hastings to live.  And it was at St Mary in the Castle at Hasting that the family was listed in 1891 when Annie was aged eight years.  Over the following years her older sisters left the family home at which point in her life her mother took her to live at Worthing.  So by the time of the census of 1901 Annie K Collett was aged 18 and was holding the position of domestic governess, while living and working with her mother who was a domestic housekeeper.

 

 

 

 

14O45

Emily Ann Collett was born in 1866 and possibly at Stratford-on-Avon like her brother Oliver (below).  In 1881 she was a boarder at The Ferns School for Girls in Islington which was run by school mistress Miss C Birchall aged 53.  In 1894 she married Harry Whale Buckland with whom she is known to have had two children.  The following year her brother William Henry Collett married Annie Bagg Buckland who it must be assumed was the sister of Harry Buckland.  In April 1911 Emily and Harry were living in Worcester with the first of their two known children.  Emily Ann Buckland was 45, Harry Whale Buckland was 38, and their daughter was Beryl Faith Buckland who was five years old.  Beryl later married to become Beryl Faith Eames, and she was the grandmother of Cathy Eames who was researching her family in 2012.

 

 

 

 

14O46

Oliver Charles Collett was born at Stratford-on-Avon in 1867.  In 1881 he was aged 13 and was living away from home being privately educated by Assistant Grammar School Master Johann H Klinke from Germany in his home at 2 Church House, Dedham in Essex.  Oliver was 27 when he married Jessie Northway in 1894.  Two years later in 1896 Jessie presented her husband with a daughter, but sadly she died during that same year.  Oliver was a Justice of the Peace and spent time in Ceylon, where he died at the relatively young age of 35 on 13th June 1902.  A commemorative brass plaque in St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton-on-the-Water marks the event as follows:  “Sacred to the Memory of Oliver Collett JP FRMS son of John Collett late of Bourton who died in Ceylon on 13th June 1902 aged 35 years.  This tablet was erected by some of his friends in Ceylon as a token of their esteem”

 

 

 

14P16

Maud Margorie Collett

Born in 1896; infant death

 

 

 

 

14O47

William Henry Collett was born at Aston in Birmingham in 1869, the son of John Collett and his first wife Sarah Ann Charles.  Around the mid 1870s William’s family moved to London, and in 1881 they were living at Alleyn Park in the Kingwood Lawn area of Camberwell where William Henry was eleven years old.  In 1895 he married Annie B (Bagg) Buckland with whom he had three children over the following ten years, but sadly only two of them survived.  Just after the turn of the century William and his wife were living in Sheffield.  William H Collett was 32, while Annie B Collett was 31, and by that time their first child had already died.  According to the census in 1911, William and his family were living in the Chapel en le Frith area of Derbyshire.  William Henry Collett was forty-one, Annie Bagg Collett was the same age, and their two children were Oliver who was seven, and Naomi Rhonwyn who was five years old.  William Henry Collett was a widower when he died in 1927, following the earlier death of his wife Annie during 1925.

 

 

 

14P17

Violet Rachael Collett

Born in 1896

 

14P18

Oliver Collett

Born in 1903

 

14P19

Naomi Rhonwyn Collett

Born in 1905

 

 

 

 

14O48

John Sydney Collett was born at Aston in Birmingham in 1870.  When he was around five years old his family left Birmingham and moved to London where, in 1881, they were living at Alleyn Park in the Kingwood Lawn district of Camberwell.  John Sydney married Ethel Gully in 1903 and the married produced two children.  By the time of the census in 1911, John was not listed with his wife and two children.  Instead Ethel Mary Collett, age 32, was living in the Wandsworth area of London with her son John Anthony who was seven, and her daughter Marguerite Augusta who was just three months old.

 

 

 

Where John was on that occasion has not been determined, nor are there are details available regarding his later life, whether with or without his family.  There is however recorded in London on 4th December 1948 the proving of the Will of John Sydney Collett of 1 Elmbridge Avenue in Surbiton, Surrey, who died on 30th September 1948 at Woodlands Cottage in Bradford-on-Avon, which may have been a nursing home or Woodlands Cottage Hospital.  His considerable personal estate of £21,833 8 Shillings 11d was handled by The National Bank of India Limited, so he may have been working in India in 1911.  Further work must be carried out to prove or disprove that he was the same John Charles Collett who was born at Aston in 1870.

 

 

 

14P20

John Anthony Collett

Born in 1904

 

14P21

Marguerite Augusta Collett

Born in January 1911

 

 

 

 

14O49

Cecilia Dora Ransford Collett was born at Camberwell on 27th November 1876.  At the time of the census in 1901 Cecilia was 24 and was living at Lambeth with her family.  Ten years later in April 1911, she was living in the Wandsworth area of London, where she was recorded as Cecilia Doris Collett aged 34.  She never married and lived a full and long life.  Upon her death in 1964 she was buried at St Lawrence’s Church in Bourton with her parents, where a single tombstone marks the grave.  For Cecilia, the headstone records that she was the daughter of John and Cecilia Helen Collett and that she was born on 27th November 1876, and that she died on 28th January 1964.

 

 

 

Footnote:  Within the history of Stow-on-the-Wold there is a reference to Maugersbury Manor, which was the home of the lords of the manor for three hundred years.  During the 1930s the whole estate was split up, at which time the manorial rights were purchased by Mr. Kenneth de Courcy of North Cerney.  He was still the ‘lord of the manor’ in 1961, although at that time he owned no land within the parish.  A further, more interesting note, states that Mr de Courcy and Miss Ransford Collett were the former tenants of the manor house.  Could she possibly have been Cecilia Dora Ransford Collett?

 

 

 

 

14O50

Bernard Collett was born at Camberwell in 1878.  By the end of March 1901 he was aged 22 and was living at Lambeth.  Rather strangely the census record described his occupation at that time as being ‘retired to accountant’.  It is established that Bernard later became an accountant in London and that in the census of 1911 he was thirty-two and living with his brother Aubrey Ransford Collett (below) in the Wandsworth area of London.  It was sometime after that when he married Irene Colman Smith.

 

 

 

In 1921 Bernard Collett published the Family Tree for the Colletts of Upper Slaughter which was lodged with the British Library and which in 1935 was used by writer Clara Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 17O4) and Henry Haines Collett (Ref. 4N8) to produce ‘The History of the Collett Family’.  Bernard was described as being a chartered accountant at the time of the death of his father John Collett in 1919 and four years later at the death of his mother Cecilia Helen Collett when, on both occasions he and his brother Aubrey (below), were named as executors of the two Wills.  At the time of the death of his younger brother Aubrey in 1936, Bernard, a chartered accountant, was named as an executive of his estate.  Bernard Collett was living at 42 Whitmore Road in Harrow when he died on 5th January 1951, with probate for his personal estate of £12,717 4 Shillings 1d granted jointly to George Herbert Cann and Irene Collett, a widow.

 

 

 

 

14O51

Aubrey Ransford Collett was born at Alleyn Park at Kingwood Lawn in Camberwell on 21st May 1880 and was recorded as being ten months old on 3rd April the following year for the 1881 Census.  At the age of 20 he was still living in London at Lambeth, from where he was employed as an insurance clerk.  Ten years later in April 1911, Aubrey Ransford Collett, age 30, was living in the Wandsworth district of London with his brother Bernard (above).  On the occasion of the death of his father John Collett in 1919 Aubrey was a broker and in 1923 at the time of the death of his mother he was referred to as an insurance broker when, for both events, he was named as an executor of his parents’ personal estate, jointly with his brother Bernard (above).

 

 

 

On 15th April 1934 Aubrey sailed into Southampton on board the ship Camito, a vessel of the Elders and Fyffes Shipping Line, having sailed there from Bristol.  He was listed on the passenger list as being 53 and an insurance broker.

 

 

 

Very little else is known about him apart from the fact that he shares a grave in the churchyard at Bourton-on-the-Water, the inscription on which simply reads “Aubrey Ransford Collett 21st May 1880 – 8th February 1936”.  On the same tombstone is an older inscription “Susan Beale Collett 4th December 1842 – 31st January 1928”.  Aubrey’s aunt Susan B Collett (Ref. 14N29) was also living at Lambeth in 1901.  New information discovered in 2015 reveals that Aubrey was of 3 Old Broad Street in London and of Maugersbury Manor at Stow on the Wold, while it was at Evington Nursing Home, 3 Mandeville Place in St Marylebone London that he died.  Probate of his considerable estate of £51,991 10 Shillings 8d was granted on 27th April 1936 to Bernard Collett, a chartered accountant and Stanford Walton Mountain, an underwriter.

 

 

 

Just over one year after the death of Aubrey Ransford Collett, an auction sale of some of his personal effects was held at Christies in London on 1st March 1937.  The auction catalogue included the words “The following are Sold by Order of the Executors of A Ransford Collett Esq, deceased and have been removed from Maugersbury Manor, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos”.  Written on the same page by hand, were the words “Bernard Collett, 4 Bristol House, Southampton Row, WC1”.

 

 

 

 

14O52

Arthur Stanley Collett was born at Alleyn Park at Kingwood Lawn in Camberwell during 1881 but in the latter part of that year since he was not listed in the census on 3rd April.  Arthur was 19 at the time of the 1901 Census and was living at Lambeth where he was working as a stockbroker’s clerk.  He later married Rita Lindsmann with whom he is known to have had three children.

 

 

 

14P22

Diana Collett

Born in 1925

 

14P23

Joan Collett

Born in 1927

 

14P24

Henry Stanley Peter Collett

Born in 1930

 

 

 

 

14P7

The unnamed Collett son and the first child of George Collett and Kate Simpkins was born at 12 Beatrice Street in Swindon in February 1912 Feb and died at that same time.  The fact that he was not named might be an indication that the child was stillborn.

 

 

 

 

14P8

Harold Fleming Collett was the first of four children born to George Collett and Kate Simpkins after they had emigrated to Australia.  Harold was born at Cairns in Queensland on 26th September 1914 and in 1923 his parents and the family left Cairns, to move the one thousand miles south to Brisbane.  He later married Merle Hallas Thompson on 24th July 1943 at Gatton in Queensland, to the west of Brisbane.  The details recorded at the time of the wedding were that Harold was aged 28 years 3 months and 28 days, while his bride was ten years younger at 18 years 4 months and 11 days.  Merle had been born at Brisbane on 13th March 1925.  During the first fourteen years of their marriage Harold and Merle had five children while they were living at Brisbane.

 

 

 

Harold Fleming Collett died from a blood clot on 17th May 1977 at the Royal Brisbane Hospital where he was being treated for a leg injury.  He was buried two days later at the Mount Thompson Crematorium in Brisbane.  Tragically, Harold’s unexpected death came just four days after the death of his father George Henry Collett and actually happened on the morning of his father’s funeral.  Merle survived her husband by twenty-six years and was still living in Brisbane when she died in 2003.

 

 

 

14Q1

Victor George Collett

Born on 19.09.1944 at Brisbane

 

14Q2

Estelle Merle Collett

Born on 21.03.1947 at Brisbane

 

14Q3

Maude Evelyn Collett

Born on 24.05.1952 at Brisbane

 

14Q4

Cathryne Dawn Collett

Born on 15.11.1954 at Brisbane

 

14Q5

Harold Cyril Collett

Born on 01.12.1957 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

14P9

Cyril Horace Collett was born at Cairns on 17th March 1916 and was baptised at St John’s Church in Cairns, the son of George and Kate Collett.  When he was seven years old his family moved from Cairns and settled in Auchenflower in Brisbane.  On leaving school he worked as a labourer and at the age of twenty-four he enlisted for war service and signed on at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane on 26th August 1940.  His service number was Q28056 and in just over a year he was promoted to corporal on 20th November 1941.

 

 

 

Just over three weeks later on 13th December 1941 he was one of the witnesses at the wedding of his younger brother Arthur James Collett (below) at Christ Church St Lucia in Brisbane.  The other witness was Ina Kirkland who was a friend of the bride.  Cyril was still at Brisbane on 27th April 1942 when he was posted to 7th Field Ambulance Division of 61st Battalion.  Three months later he was with the 61st Battalion where they embarked for New Guinea on board the ship the MV Swartenhordt which sailed out of Townsville on 30th July 1942.

 

 

 

Tragically one month later he was killed in action and died at Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea on 29th August 1942.  He was originally buried at Milne Cemetery (Plot A Row B Grave 3) on 3rd December 1942, but was later moved to the Bomana War Cemetery at Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea where he was finally laid to rest on 29th March 1946 (Plot A2 Row A Grave 19).

 

 

 

Historical Note:  After the Japanese landed at Lae and Salamaua in March 1942, Port Moresby became their chief objective. They decided to attack by sea, and assembled an amphibious expedition for the purpose, which set out early in May, but they were intercepted and heavily defeated by American air and naval forces in the Coral Sea, and what remained of the Japanese expedition returned to Rabaul.

 

 

 

The Japanese then made an amphibious landing at Milne Bay on 27th August 1942.  The 61st Battalion was first into action but was unable to hold back the Japanese. The Japanese reached the edge of the airstrip the next day, where they waited to be reinforced.  In the early morning of 31st August the Japanese charged the defences manned by the remaining men of the 61st Battalion, who had been strengthened by the 25th Battalion who were now fighting alongside them. The Japanese suffered heavy losses and had withdrawn by dawn.  Those gallant men who died during the fighting, like Cyril, are buried in Port Moresby’s Bomana War Cemetery, their graves having been brought in by the Australian Army Graves Service from burial grounds in the areas where the fighting had taken place and where they had originally been buried.

 

 

 

For his service to his King and Country, Cyril Horace Collett of the 61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders was posthumously awarded the following medals; 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, and Australian Service Medal.

 

 

 

 

14P10

Vera Maud Collett was born at Cairns on 10th March 1917, but moved to Brisbane with her family in 1923.  She later became Vera Maud Johnston when she married James William Johnston on 12th September 1942 at St Alban’s Church in Auchenflower in Brisbane.  James was recorded as being aged 27 years 5 months and 11 days, while Vera was 25 years 6 months and 2 days old.  James was born on 1st April 1915 at 136 Riding Road in Hawthorne district of Brisbane and Vera presented him with two children, both of them born while the couple were living at Brisbane.  They were George William Johnston who was born on 20th September 1944 and Joyce Helen Johnston who was born on 30th June 1948.  Their daughter Joyce died in the Royal Brisbane Hospital on 1st January 1983 aged 38 and her ashes were placed in a communal grave at Mount Thompson Crematorium in Brisbane.  James William Johnston died at Greensloped Repatriation Hospital in Brisbane on 5th September 1994 and was buried at Mount Thompson Crematorium two days later.  Vera died at Ipswich in Queensland during February 2002.

 

 

 

 

14P11

Arthur James Collett was born at Cairns on 4th April 1918 in a house on McLeod Street and described as being on the corner of Grove Street and McLeod Street.  That may or may not have been where his three older siblings were also born.  He was baptised later that year at St John’s Church in Cairns on 30th July 1918, the youngest son of George Collett and Kate Simpkin.  Arthur was five years old when his family moved to 18 Shaw Street, Auchenflower in Brisbane.

 

 

 

While living at Auchenflower, Arthur began attending Toowong State School where he was presented with a book as a prize for his swimming.  He would have been the first to admit that he did not enjoy school and often ‘wagged off’ on many occasions.  He also recalled receiving a good hiding for cutting-off the end the gramophone horn as he thought it would be ideal to help feed the chickens.

 

 

 

On leaving school Arthur used to accompany a man selling fruit for a shilling per basket until he secured his first real job.  That was with Bretts at Windsor during the day which allowed him to undertake extra work at the Elite Theatre in the evenings.  That was a cinema where Arthur rewound the film reels, threaded up the projectors, and opened and closed the curtains before and after each film.  In 1939 at the age of 21, Arthur was made redundant and shortly after that the family bought a milk-round which Arthur managed for them.  He began with a horse and cart but later on acquired a truck which he used to collect the milk from Paul’s Dairy in South Brisbane, which he then delivered to homes in Hamilton, Ascot, Doomben and Hendra. 

 

 

 

Arthur married Edna Muriel Hobbs on 13th December 1941 at Christ Church in the St Lucia area of Brisbane.  The witnesses at the wedding were Arthur’s older brother Cyril Horace Collett (above) and Ina Kirkland.  It was around that time that Arthur was working at the Ferry Shop in St Lucia.  Edna was born at the Lady Bowen Hospital in Yeerongpilly in Brisbane on 16th October 1918 and was baptised the following month on 12th November 1918 at The People’s Evangelistic Mission in Leichhardt Street, in the Spring Hill district of Brisbane.  She was listed as being 23 years 1 month and 28 days when she married Arthur who was slightly older at 23 years 8 months and 9 days.

 

 

 

Edna’s parents were Christopher John Hobbs (1879 – 1961) who was born at Westwood near Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire and his wife Martha Christina Emilie 'Minnie' KRONING (1880 – 1971) of Tinana Creek, Maryborough.  Arthur was eventually called up by the Australian Army and was released each night to deliver the milk but had to be back on camp by a set time each morning.

 

 

 

During the war Edna would accompany Arthur on the round and would drop her off at the Doomben Race Track with some crates of milk.  United States servicemen were billeted there and used to buy the milk from her with their US dollars.  The marriage produced five children for Arthur and Edna and all of them were born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane.  Their first son was christened with his late uncle Cyril’s name in commemoration of the fact that he gave his life for his country.

 

 

 

In 1994 Arthur and Edna were living at 40 McCormack Ave in the Ashgrove district of Brisbane.  However, two years later he was admitted to hospital and never returned to their home.  Arthur James Collett died on 23rd November 1996 at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and was cremated at the Pinaroo Lawn Cemetery in Brisbane on 28th November 1996, although his ashes were not interred until 29th January 1997.  During his life he worked as a milkman and a postman.  Edna Muriel Collett nee Hobbs died on 2nd July 2007 while attending the Prince Charles Hospital in the Chermside district of Brisbane. 

 

 

 

14Q6

Shirley Ann Collett

Born on 08.07.1943 at Brisbane

 

14Q7

Raymond Cyril Collett

Born on 05.06.1946 at Brisbane

 

14Q8

Ronald James Collett

Born on 19.01.1949 at Brisbane

 

14Q9

Keith Collett

Born on 16.10.1950 at Brisbane

 

14Q10

Wayne Arthur Collett

Born on 18.10.1959 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

14P17

Violet Rachael Collett was born in 1896 but sadly died in 1900 when she was only four years old.

 

 

 

 

14P18

Oliver Collett was born in 1903 and he married Alice Diana Mary in the early 1920s. 

 

 

 

14Q11

Ann Marguerite Collett

Born in 1929

 

 

 

 

14P22

Diana Collett was born in 1925.  She married Paddy Firmston Williams and in June 1996 the couple attended the Collett Reunion in Shepton Mallet, at a time when they were living at Godalming in Surrey.

 

 

 

 

14P24

Henry Stanley Peter Collett was born in 1930 and was most often referred to simply as Peter Collett.  In 1996 Peter was living in Australia and although invited to the Shepton Mallet Collett Reunion in the June of that year, he was unable to make the trip, so was represented by his sister Diana (above).

 

 

14Q1

Victor George Collett was born at Brisbane on 19th September 1944.  During his working life he was an earth moving contractor.  In 1969 just a few months before his twenty-fifth birthday he married Daniela Szezesniak in Brisbane on 30th May 1969.  Daniela had also been born at Brisbane and was almost exactly two years younger than her husband having been born on 11th September 1946.  The marriage produced two children for Victor and Daniela, both of them being born at Brisbane.

 

 

 

14R1

Justine Daniela Collett

Born on 25.09.1971 at Brisbane

 

14R2

Bradley Shawn Collett

Born on 14.10.1973 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

14Q2

Estelle Merle Collett was born at Brisbane on 21st March 1947.  She first married (1) Walter James Shepherd on 26th December 1969 with whom she had two children who were both born at Brisbane.  Walter was born on 7th January 1946.  After almost twenty years of married life together Estelle and James were divorced in September 1989.  Estelle’s two sons were Jason Bradley Shepherd who was born on 26th July 1970, and Leeton Wade Shepherd who was born on 14th October 1971.  Six months after her divorce Estelle married (2) Michael John Lane on 20th April 1990.  Michael was just over three years younger than Estelle having been born on 6th June 1950.

 

 

 

 

14Q3

Maude Evelyn Collett was born at Brisbane on 24th May 1952.  Just prior to her twentieth birthday she married Mark Adrian Savage on 30th October 1971, the marriage producing three children for the couple.  Mark was born on 27th January 1950, and their three children were Derek Savage who was born on 8th July 1973, Selena Jade Savage who was born on 2nd April 1977, and Adam Grant Savage who was born on 30th January 1982.

 

 

 

 

14Q4

Cathryne Dawn Collett was born at Brisbane on 15th November 1954.  She later married Leslie Montague on 1st August 1987, with whom she had two children.  Their daughter Leanne Linda Montague was born on 20th January 1987, while their son Damian John Montague was born on 22nd August 1990.  Cathryne’s husband Leslie Montague was born on 10th April 1957.

 

 

 

 

14Q5

Harold Cyril Collett was born at Brisbane on 1st December 1957.  He was just twenty years old when he married Sue Ann Scowen on 5th January 1978 at Shepperton in Victoria.  Sue had been born at Puckapunyal in Victoria on 4th November 1956 and she presented her husband with four sons during the following decade.  Tragically, the couple’s third son Peter died during the same month that he was born in 1984.

 

 

 

14R3

Daniel James Collett

Born on 09.09.1981

 

14R4

Jonathan David Collett

Born on 22.11.1983

 

14R5

Peter Matthew Collett

Born in October1984

 

14R6

Michael Gregory Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

14Q6

Shirley Ann Collett was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane on 8th July 1943.  She became a school teacher and married Warren Cecil Chambers at Christ Church in St Lucia in Brisbane on 6th February 1965.  Warren was born at Brisbane on 7th October 1941 and during his life he worked as a mechanic with Stephens Transport and later as a pest controller.  Shirley and Warren were married for over thirty-five years and during that time they had ten children, all of whom were born at Brisbane in the Royal Women’s Hospital.  However, the marriage ended in December 2000 when the couple were divorced.

 

 

 

The ten children were: Christine Leanne, born 22nd April 1967 who became a clerk with Brisbane City Council; Adrian James, born 15th December 1968 who became a clerk with the North Brisbane Hospitals Board; Allyson Kate, born 21st June 1972 who became a clerk with the Queensland State library; Bronwyn Elizabeth, born 22nd July 1974 who was a shop assistant; Cathryn Angela, born 25th January 1977 who was a receptionist; Andrea Louise, born 8th December 1978 who became Mrs Bate; Kenneth Warren, born 14th April 1981; Amy Jennifer Ann, born 12th February 1983; Emma Clare, born 11th March 1985; and Bethany Emily Jane who was born on 8th September 1988.

 

 

 

 

14Q7

Raymond Cyril Collett was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane on 5th June 1946.  His second Christian name was given to him in honour of his uncle Cyril Horace Collett who lost his life fighting the Japanese during World War Two.  Raymond, who was a mechanic, later married Susan Nolan at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Ashgrove in Brisbane on 29th July 1967.  At the time of their wedding Raymond was recorded as being aged 21 years 1 month and 24 days, while Susan was 20 years 2 months and 27 days old.  Their marriage produced three sons for the couple and all three were born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane.

 

 

 

14R7

Adam Wade Collett

Born on 08.06.1977 at Brisbane

 

14R8

Clayton Scott Collett

Born on 24.04.1980 at Brisbane

 

14R9

Brock Mitchell Collett

Born on 11.08.1986 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

14Q8

Ronald James Collett was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane on 19th January 1949.  During his working life he was a telecom technician and on 8th May 1977 he married Sandra Baxendell at Marawah Farm in the Burbank district of Brisbane.  Sandra, who was qualified as a veterinary doctor, was born in Queensland on 5th August 1953 and was recorded as being aged 23 years 9 months and 3 days when she married Ronald who was 28 years 3 months and 20 days old.  Sandra presented her husband with two children, the first born at the Royal Women’s Hospital and the second at Boothville Hospital, also in Brisbane.

 

 

 

14R10

Morwenna Rose Baxendell Collett

Born on 06.08.1982 at Brisbane

 

14R11

Alastair Arthur Bayley Baxendell Collett

Born on 27.05.1986 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

14Q9

Keith Collett was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane on 16th October 1950.  Keith worked as a builder and when he was aged 39 years and 8 months he married Katherine Ann Talbot at Pine Rivers in Queensland on 16th June 1990.  Katherine was aged 25 years 1 month and 22 days at that time, having been born on 24th April 1965 and also at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane.  By the third year of their marriage the couple had two sons, but sadly the marriage ended in divorce in 2005.  Both of their sons were born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane.

 

 

 

14R12

Benjamin Keith Collett

Born on 27.01.1989 at Brisbane

 

14R13

Matthew Patrick Collett

Born on 31.08.1993 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

14Q10

Wayne Arthur Collett was born at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane on 18th October 1959 and was baptised on 6th March 1960 at Christ Church in St Lucia, Brisbane.  When he was just past his twentieth birthday Wayne married Josephine Wendy Pound on 15th December 1979 at St Paul’s Anglican Church in the Ashgrove area of Brisbane.  Jo was only three months older than Wayne having been born at 96 Westbourne Avenue in Kingston-upon-Hull in England on 10th July 1959.  Jo was later baptised at the Newlands Congregational Church in Hull on 4th October 1959.  At the age of nine she and her parents emigrated to Australia, leaving England on board the ocean liner Fairsky on 17th March 1969 which arrived in Sydney on 21st April that same year.

 

 

 

Jo studied to be a school teacher and became a nationalised Australian citizen at the City Hall in Brisbane on 25th January 1984 when she swore the oath of allegiance before the Lord Mayor of Brisbane.  Both of the sons of Wayne and Jo were born at Brisbane, in the Royal Women’s Hospital, where the family is living in 2009 and where Wayne is working as a business analyst with the Brisbane City Council.  It is thanks to Wayne that this line of the Collett family has been extended from in Gloucestershire in 1811 to the present day in Queensland, Australia.

 

 

 

14R14

Thomas James Collett

Born on 08.03.1989 at Brisbane

 

14R15

Robert Wayne Collett

Born on 04.12.1990 at Brisbane